HHS Unveils $840M Initiative to Reform Medical Practices

Federal health officials unveiled a new initiative Thursday aimed at improving care  and cost-effectiveness in individual medical practices.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will spent $840 million over four years with the goal of helping 150,000 doctors modernize their day-to-day work in ways that improve patient care and reduce costs.

The practices could include better use of electronic health records, better coordination of care among providers and expanding ways patients can communicate with doctors, HHS said.

The “Transforming Clinical Practice” initiative is part of a wider push by the Obama administration and the Affordable Care Act to move U.S. healthcare away from its dominant fee-for-service model.