Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) today hailed the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department decision to award MedExpert International, a health care innovation firm based in Silicon Valley, $9.3 million in funding for the Quality Medical Management System (QMMS)--the company's consumer health project. QMMS provides consumers with educational materials, physician advice, and assistance with interpreting health benefits and treatment options. The project is estimated to save consumers and the health care industry an estimated $50 million over the next three years.
"I'm thrilled that MedExpert International has been awarded funding for this project," Eshoo said. "Through QMMS, patients in the 14th Congressional District and nationwide will receive better guidance when it comes to getting care. Developing innovative ways to ensure patients are making the best decisions they can when it comes to their health is not only cost effective, but the right thing to do."
How Patients Benefit from QMMS:
MedExpert engages patients, either by their regular proactive outreach or when a patient calls their toll-free number with a medical question. Patients are connected to an on-staff physician who can answer medical questions and guide the patient through all of their medical options. This is done by accessing the most current, accurate, and unbiased medical research available from peer-reviewed sources. Patients can then use this information, in consultation with their healthcare provider, to make the most informed choices about their care.
QMMS will be available on a national scale to serve approximately 160,000 Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP beneficiaries. The goal is to improve quality of care, reduce costs, increase transparency, achieve high utilization and satisfaction, and demonstrate model viability. Over a three-year period, MedExpert International will train and hire approximately 21 health care workers, including medical information coordinators, a medical information coordinator supervisor, a project manager, a senior executive manager, information technology and data engineers, senior engineers, and physicians.
The funding is part of a second round of CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) innovation grants awarded to health care projects nationwide. Rep. Eshoo announced the first round of CMS funding for Ravenswood Family Health Center in May.