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  • Commitment to Person-Centered Care for Long-Term Care Facility Residents

    September 28, 2016

    By: Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator and Kate Goodrich, M.D., M.H.S., Director, Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, CMS Commitment to Person-Centered Care for Long-Term Care Facility Residents It’s an experience millions of Americans go through each year, the difficult decisions we face when considering a long-term care facility for a

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  • Affordable Care Act has strengthened Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Program

    September 22, 2016

    By Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare Medicare Advantage is yet another area where the promise of the Affordable Care Act – saving money and improving care – has been fulfilled. When Congress passed the landmark Affordable Care Act six years ago, some critics claimed the law had fatally undermined […]

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  • Delivering coordinated, high quality care for patients

    September 19, 2016

    By Dr. Patrick Conway, Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer In July 2016, CMS proposed new bundled payment models that continue the Administration’s progress to shift Medicare payments from rewarding quantity to rewarding quality by creating strong incentives for hospitals and clinicians to deliver better care to

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  • New data: 49 states plus DC reduce avoidable hospital readmissions

    September 13, 2016

    By Patrick Conway, M.D., principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer, CMS; and Tim Gronniger, deputy chief of staff, CMS Affordable Care Act reforms helping Medicare beneficiaries experience better care at lower cost The unfortunate experience of having to return to the hospital after recently being treated—or watching the same thing

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  • Plans for the Quality Payment Program in 2017: Pick Your Pace

    September 08, 2016

    By Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of CMS As the baby boom generation ages, 10,000 people enter the Medicare program each day. Facing that demand, it is essential that Medicare continues to support physicians in delivering high-quality patient care. This includes increasing its focus on patient outcomes and reducing the obstacles that make it

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  • Accountable Health Communities Track 1 Funding Opportunity

    September 08, 2016

    By Patrick Conway, M.D., principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer, CMS In January 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for a model called the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model. This is the first Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation model

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  • Round One State Innovation Model Initiative Test Awards Show Some Promising Progress and Lessons Learned

    September 07, 2016

    by Patrick Conway, M.D., CMS Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer   The State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative began in April 2013, and has supported over 38 states, territories and the District of Columbia in two rounds of awards.  Today, we are releasing the second annual independent evaluation report for the Round 1

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  • Taking Action Now for a Stable Marketplace for the Long-Term

    August 29, 2016

    By Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Marketplace As we get ready for 2017 Open Enrollment and look to the future, one of our most important tasks is to continue to build a strong Health Insurance MarketplaceSM, where the millions of Americans who rely on the Marketplace can continue to find affordable plans that meet their needs. […]

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  • Delivering on the Promise of Better Care for Older Adults

    August 11, 2016

    By Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Since becoming acting administrator, I have spoken frequently about to the importance of moving to the next chapter in implementing the Affordable Care Act. This new chapter goes beyond providing people with quality, affordable coverage – but making sure that

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  • Building on Premium Stabilization for the Future

    August 11, 2016

    By Kevin Counihan, Health Insurance Marketplace CEO The Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit, and a number of states’ insurance plans include reinsurance programs as a way to promote stable, affordable health coverage. Because high-cost enrollees and events are rare, they create disproportionate uncertainty in

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  • Helping Consumers Make Care Choices through Hospital Compare

    July 27, 2016

    By: Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, Director of Center for Clinical Standards and Quality When individuals and their families need to make important decisions about health care, they seek a reliable way to understand the best choice for themselves or their loved ones. That’s why over the past decade, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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  • Remarks by Andy Slavitt before the American Osteopathic Association

    July 22, 2016

    Chicago, Illinois Mr. President and Members of the American Osteopathic Association, I’m honored to be invited to address your annual business meeting. Hello and good morning. Thank you for hosting me. I want to give special thanks to: Doctor John Becher, the President of the AOA [congratulations on your service to the AOA], Doctor Boyd

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  • $42 Billion Saved in Medicare and Medicaid Primarily Through Prevention

    July 20, 2016

    By Shantanu Agrawal, M.D. Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Program Integrity Today, CMS released a report showing that investments made in program integrity activities – which include stamping out fraud and deterring and reducing other improper payments – pay off for taxpayers and beneficiaries.  From October 1, 2012 through September

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  • Focusing on Primary Care for Better Health

    July 07, 2016

    By Andy Slavitt, CMS Acting Administrator (@aslavitt) and Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer In the United States, we have historically invested far more in treating sickness than we do in maintaining health. The result of this imbalance is not only poorer health, but more money spent in

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  • CMS Releases Third Year of Open Payments Data

    June 30, 2016

    By Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., CMS Deputy Administrator for Program Integrity On June 30, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the Open Payments data for program year 2015, along with newly submitted and updated 2013 and 2014 records.  Open Payments (sometimes called the “Sunshine Act”) is a national program, required by

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  • Advancing Health Equity for Sexual and Gender Minorities

    June 28, 2016

    By: Cara V. James, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Each June we celebrate National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month by increasing awareness of sexual and gender minority populations’ health disparities and advances in promoting health equity for all.

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  • Better Outcomes for Dually Eligible Older Adults through Integrated Care

    June 16, 2016

    By Sean Cavanaugh, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicare; Tim Engelhardt, Director, Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office; and Vikki Wachino, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services For decades policymakers have hypothesized that better integration of Medicare and Medicaid services could

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  • Remarks by Andy Slavitt, CMS Acting Administrator before the American Medical Association 2016 Annual Meeting Chicago, IL

    June 13, 2016

    Madam Speaker, Mr. President, Mr. Chairman, Members of the Board, Delegates, I’m honored to be invited to address this House and the physicians of America. Hello and good afternoon. Thank you for hosting me at the American Medical Association’s annual meeting. I want to give special thanks to: Doctor Steve Stack, the President of the AMA;

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  • CMS Provides Additional Resources to Improve Care and Prepare for the Quality Payment Program for Clinicians

    June 10, 2016

    By: Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Last year, an overwhelmingly bipartisan Congressional majority – with the support of the medical community and stakeholders – passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, or MACRA. The law ended more than a decade of last-minute

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  • Remarks of CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt at the Marketplace Innovation Conference

    June 09, 2016

    Welcome. And thank you for coming to a session that allows us to look at a deeper level at what is happening inside the Health Insurance Marketplace. And I’m not talking about what’s in the headlines, but below the surface– what’s happening with millions of Americans as they get coverage– many for the first

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  • Marketplace Success Stories

    June 08, 2016

    By Kevin Counihan, Health Insurance Marketplace CEO  Three years in, the Health Insurance Marketplace is a competitive, growing and dynamic platform – a transparent market where issuers compete on price and quality, and people across the country are finding health plans that meet their needs, and their budgets. Increasingly, the Marketplace is

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  • The Proof is in the Numbers: DMEPOS and Health Outcomes Data

    June 07, 2016

    By Sean Cavanaugh, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicare When the Medicare program implements changes to how it pays for medical care or equipment, CMS monitors to make sure that any adjustments meet our goals of preserving access to care and facilitating better health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries. CMS has implemented

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  • Medicare’s “Big Data” Tools Fight & Prevent Fraud to Yield Over $1.5 Billion in Savings

    May 27, 2016

    By Dr. Shantanu Agrawal, Raymond Wedgeworth and Kelly D. Bowman A version of this commentary was published in May 24 editions of Modern Healthcare. New anecdotal content has been added. Please see the following link to view the original content –

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  • Pitching Medicaid IT in Silicon Valley

    May 25, 2016

    By Andy Slavitt, CMS Acting Administrator @aslavitt  Earlier this year, I announced a new effort to connect new, innovative companies and their investors to the state Medicaid program IT space. Since this announcement, I have been encouraged by the initial interest from companies that may not have otherwise ever thought about participating in this

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  • CMS Continues Progress toward a Safer Health Care System through Integrated Efforts to Improve Patient Safety and Reduce Hospital Readmissions

    May 25, 2016

    By: Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer We know that it is possible to improve national patient safety performance resulting in millions of people avoiding infections and adverse health events. A report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality back in December showed an

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  • Providing Quality, Affordable Durable Medical Equipment for Beneficiaries

    May 17, 2016

    By Sean Cavanaugh, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicare Traditionally, Medicare pays for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) using a fee schedule that is based on historic supplier charges from the 1980s.  Numerous studies from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of

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  • Round One Health Care Innovation Awards Show Some Promising Results

    May 12, 2016

    By: Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer The Health Care Innovation Awards is a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center initiative that tests new payment and service delivery models and aims to find better ways to deliver care and bring down costs for Medicare, Medicaid,

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  • Medicaid: Keeping Moms Healthy

    May 11, 2016

    By: Patrick Conway, M.D., Principal Deputy Administrator and CMS Chief Medical Officer and Vikki Wachino CMS Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) More than any other health insurance program, Medicaid plays a key role in promoting the health of new mothers. Covering roughly half of births, Medicaid

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  • Acting Administrator Slavitt Speech at Datapalooza

    May 10, 2016

    Below are the prepared remarks of CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt at Datapalooza on May 10, 2016. Follow Andy on Twitter, @aslavitt.  There’s a bit of a checklist for speaking at Datapalooza. Thank Niall. Mention Todd Park. Remark at how big the event has gotten compared to last year. Recap how much progress has been […]

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  • Improving the Marketplace through Innovation

    May 09, 2016

    By: Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplace The Health Insurance Marketplace has become a reliable source of health insurance coverage for millions of Americans, many of whom used to be locked out of coverage because it was either unaffordable or because of a preexisting condition. Thanks to the combination of the Health Insurance

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  • Acting Administrator Slavitt Speech at the American Hospital Association’s Annual Membership Meeting

    May 03, 2016

    Acting Administrator Slavitt Speech at the American Hospital Association’s Annual Membership Meeting Below are the prepared remarks of CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt before the American Hospital Association’s annual membership meeting on May 3, 2016, @aslavitt. Good morning. I want to thank you for having me here on what looks to be great

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  • CMS Finalizes its Quality Measure Development Plan

    May 02, 2016

    By: Kate Goodrich, M.D., M.H.S., Director, Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, CMS On December 18, 2015, we posted our draft Quality Measure Development Plan, a strategic framework for clinician quality measurement development to support the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and advanced alternative payment models (APMs).

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  • Simplifying Choices in the Marketplace-Simple Choice Plans and Quality Star Ratings

    April 29, 2016

    By Kevin Counihan, CEO of HealthCare.gov & Dr. Patrick Conway, Principal Deputy Administrator of CMS It’s hard to believe the fourth year of Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplaces is just six months away. We’re continuing to learn how to make the consumer experience even better, and have been working hard to make improvements

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  • Moving toward improved care through information

    April 27, 2016

    By: Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT Seven years ago, Congress passed a law to spur the country to digitize the health care experience for Americans and connect doctors’ practices and hospitals, thereby

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  • Medicaid Moving Forward

    April 25, 2016

    By Andy Slavitt, CMS Acting Administrator and Vikki Wachino, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services If you haven’t been paying close attention over the last several years, you may have missed some of the major changes that have taken place in the Medicaid program. You may know that some 72 million

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  • Pursuing Health Equity for the Nation

    April 25, 2016

    By: Cara V. James, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Romana Hasnain-Wynia, M.S., Ph.D., Program Director for Addressing Disparities at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)   ‘Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation’ is this year’s theme for National Minority

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  • The Next Step – Making the Most of Your Coverage

    April 18, 2016

    By: Cara V. James, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Millions of Americans are gaining health coverage every year. Between 2013 and 2014, African Americans and Latinos saw the largest declines in uninsured rates[1]. During the 2016 open enrollment period, over 2.2 million individuals

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  • Extending participation in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative

    April 18, 2016

    by Dr. Patrick Conway, Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is pleased to offer the awardees in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative the opportunity to extend their participation in Models 2, 3 and 4 through September 30, 2018. The first cohort of

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  • Check your 2015 Open Payments data

    April 14, 2016

    By Shantanu Agrawal, M.D, Deputy Administrator and Director of CMS’ Center for Program Integrity The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ continues to publish data from applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) about payments they make to physicians and teaching hospitals on its website,

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  • Mapping Medicare Disparities

    April 11, 2016

    By: Cara V. James, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services In 2014, two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries had multiple chronic conditions and accounted for 94 percent of Medicare spending.1 Racial and ethnic minorities experience disproportionately higher rates of disease, inferior quality

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  • CMS Acting Administrator Comments before the National PACE Association

    April 05, 2016

    Below are the comments as prepared for delivery of CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt at the National PACE Association on April 5, 2016, @aslavitt Good afternoon. I want to thank you for having me here and I hope you have had, and have, productive meetings here in Washington. I want to talk today about some […]

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  • Reflecting on Our Journey towards Health Equity

    April 04, 2016

    By: Dr. Cara James, Director of the CMS Office of Minority Health Each April, in recognition of National Minority Health Month, we commemorate past achievements, acknowledge current efforts, and outline our continued journey towards health equity and equality for all. Fifty years ago, our journey included stops in Independence, Missouri where

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  • Our Hopes for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model

    April 01, 2016

    By Patrick Conway, CMS Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Today’s launch of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR) is a major step toward transforming care delivery in Medicare. Why? Because this model looks to improve care and quality for the most common procedures that Medicare beneficiaries have, hip and

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  • Los Impuestos y la Cobertura de Salud: Cinco Consejos al Presentar la Declaración de Impuestos

    April 01, 2016

    31 de marzo de 2016 Por: Kevin Counihan, Director General de los Mercados de Seguros Médicos, Centros de Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid El año pasado, millones de personas obtuvieron cobertura de salud de calidad y a su alcance económico a través del Mercado de Seguros Médicos, y la mayoría se beneficiaron de los pagos […]

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  • The Marketplace Risk Adjustment Program: Promoting Access, Quality, and Choice for Consumers

    March 30, 2016

    By Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplaces Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator This week, CMS brings together health care stakeholders and experts to discuss an esoteric sounding, yet important, topic: the individual and small group market risk adjustment programs created by the Affordable Care Act

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  • CMS Invites Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations to Submit Special Innovation Projects to Expand Their Reach in Improving Care Delivery

    March 30, 2016

    By: Patrick Conway, MD, MSc Acting Principal Deputy Administrator Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality CMS Chief Medical Officer Kate Goodrich, MD MHS Director Center for Clinical Standards and Quality Jean Moody-Williams, RN, MPP Deputy Director Center for Clinical Standards and Quality Dennis Wagner, MPA Director, Quality Improvement

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  • Taxes and Health Care Coverage: Five Tips for Tax Filers

    March 18, 2016

    By: Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplaces, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Last year, millions of people purchased quality, affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, and most benefitted from advance payments of the premium tax credit that lowered their monthly premiums. With the tax filing deadline

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  • CMS Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Strategy II Initiative Second Annual Evaluation Report

    March 16, 2016

    By Patrick Conway, M.D., CMS Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Today, we at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are pleased to announce findings from the second annual evaluation report for the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Strategy II Initiative. As noted with the release of our first annual

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  • Keeping Consumers Covered

    March 11, 2016

    By Health Insurance Marketplace CEO Kevin Counihan The latest open enrollment period exceeded our expectations, with more than 12.7 million people signing up for coverage or automatically renewing their plans for 2016. To me, this success is confirmation that the Health Insurance Marketplace is providing a needed service to connect people to

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  • Bridging the Healthcare Digital Divide: Improving Connectivity Among Medicaid Providers

    March 02, 2016

    Andy Slavitt, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator, Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Acting Assistant Secretary for Health The great promise of technology is to bring information to our fingertips, connect us to one another, improve our productivity, and create a

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  • CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt’s Comments at Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) During Panel Discussion with Karen DeSalvo, MD, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health

    March 02, 2016

    I love working with Karen De Salvo. She can talk in half sentences and I can finish them. We’ve naturally been working together for months on some of the initiatives we’re talking about here, and always check in to compare facts, see if we’re seeing the same thing. We went into these speeches in perfect […]

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  • CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt’s Comments before the Federation of American Hospitals

    February 29, 2016

    Welcome to Washington! I could tell you stories… Not long ago I was where you were– in the private sector attending conferences. Now, after a lot of years in health care, I ended up here where I find myself focused on the role CMS can play to be a productive and simplifying force at a […]

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  • The New Special Enrollment Confirmation Process

    February 24, 2016

    Kevin Counihan, Health Insurance Marketplace CEO and Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., CMS Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Program Integrity As the Marketplace continues to grow and mature, we continue to monitor the health of the Marketplace and are looking for ways to make improvements – whether that’s creating new decision support tools to

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  • Lessons Learned: Reflections on CMS and the Successful Implementation of ICD-10

    February 24, 2016

    by Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt It was early 2015 and we had just gotten through a second successful season with HealthCare.gov, the turnaround that originally brought me into government, when the articles and letters started flying on our next big implementation – one that would affect nearly every physician and hospital in the country. And,

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  • CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt’s Comments before the National Association of Health Underwriters

    February 23, 2016

    Below are the comments as prepared for delivery of CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt at the National Association of Health Underwriters 2016 Capitol Conference in Washington, D.C. on February 23, 2016. Thanks for the introduction. I appreciate the opportunity to be here to talk about the major priorities for the Health Insurance Marketplace in

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  • CMS Acting Administrator Comments before the American Medical Association

    February 23, 2016

    Below are the comments as prepared for delivery of CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt at the American Medical Association’s National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. on February 23, 2016. *** Thanks for the introduction and the opportunity to be here. You know, last year I began every speech talking about my first year on the […]

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  • Data Transparency and the Extension of Temporary Provider Enrollment Moratoria (CMS 6059-N4)

    February 22, 2016

    By Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., CMS Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Program Integrity As part of our efforts to improve care delivery through the sharing and utilization of information, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released two new public data sets. A new public file provides information on the availability

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  • CMS strengthens provider and supplier enrollment screening

    February 22, 2016

    By Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., CMS Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Program Integrity CMS is strongly committed to protecting the integrity of the Medicare program, including making sure only qualified providers and suppliers are enrolled in Medicare. The Affordable Care Act provided tools to enhance our ability to screen providers and

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  • Making Preferred Cost Sharing Pharmacies More Available

    February 11, 2016

    By: Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare, CMS The benefits Medicare provides are only as good as the access beneficiaries have to them.  That’s why beneficiary access is a founding principle of our work at CMS. Last year, we heard concerns that some beneficiaries did not have ready geographic access […]

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  • Open Enrollment Trends: Selected HealthCare.gov Statistics prior to the Final Enrollment Deadline

    February 05, 2016

    Data as of February 1, 2016 By Niall Brennan Open Enrollment ended on January 31 with about 12.7 million Americans having selected plans through Health Insurance Marketplaces, including 3.1 million signed up through State-based Marketplaces and over 9.6 million through the HealthCare.gov platform. This does not include about 400,000 people who

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  • Nursing Facility Initiative Annual Report

    February 03, 2016

    By Patrick Conway, M.D., CMS Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Today we released the annual report summarizing impacts from the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents in 2014. This three-year-old initiative is designed to test ways to reduce avoidable hospitalizations among long-stay

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  • Acting Administrator Slavitt Speech before the National Rural Health Association

    February 02, 2016

    Below are the prepared remarks of CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt for the 27th Annual Policy Institute of the National Rural Health Association in Washington, D.C. on February 2, 2016. Thanks for the introduction and the opportunity to discuss our agenda for 2016 and talk about our strategic priorities for rural health care. Some of […]

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  • In these last days of Open Enrollment, immigrant families need to know affordable coverage options are available

    January 30, 2016

    In these last days of Open Enrollment, immigrant families need to know affordable coverage options are available Affordable coverage options are available in the Health Insurance Marketplace for eligible immigrant families. In fact, most people shopping for coverage on the Marketplace can find a plan with monthly premiums of $75 or less. But, act

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  • Washington MFFS Preliminary Evaluation Report

    January 22, 2016

    By Patrick Conway, M.D., CMS Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Today we released a report summarizing preliminary results from the Washington Health Homes demonstration under the Medicare-Medicaid Financial Alignment Initiative. This demonstration, which began serving enrollees in July 2013, seeks to leverage Medicaid health

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  • Clarifying, Eliminating and Enforcing Special Enrollment Periods

    January 19, 2016

    Health Insurance Marketplace CEO Kevin Counihan As the Health Insurance Marketplace grows and matures, we continue to listen and learn to find ways to make it work even better for consumers and those who serve consumers. We know that each year, as the Marketplace evolves, we must seek to continually adapt and refine the way […]

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  • EHR Incentive Programs: Where We Go Next

    January 19, 2016

    By Andy Slavitt and Karen DeSalvo Where We’ve Been As we mentioned in a speech last week, the Administration is working on an important transition for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. We have been working side by side with physician organizations and have listened to the needs and concerns of many about how […]

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  • Comments of CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt at the J.P. Morgan Annual Health Care Conference, Jan. 11, 2016

    January 12, 2016

    Thanks for the introduction. Glad to be here and speak about the major policy areas that will affect the health care sector in 2016. I am particularly glad to be here with Jim from AMA, because between us we are working on an incredible amount of change across the health care sector. When they put […]

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  • Can helping patients’ social needs also be good for their health?

    January 11, 2016

    A new $157 million Medicare and Medicaid project aims to bridge clinical care and social services. Darshak Sanghavi, MD and Patrick Conway, MD, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services We’ve known for a long time that an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure. Yet our health care system doesn’t always encourage […]

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  • Encouraging Investment in Medicaid Information Technology

    January 11, 2016

    By Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator (@aslavitt) Over the last two plus years, more than 13.5 million new people gained the security of Medicaid or CHIP coverage, solidifying its role as the foundation of the nation’s health system providing insurance to almost 72 million people nationally. At the same time that we at CMS are focused

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  • Prepárese para la temporada de impuestos

    January 08, 2016

    Por Kevin Counihan, CEO de HealthCare.gov y CuidadodeSalud.gov Mientras le damos la bienvenida al Año Nuevo, muchos estadounidenses ya están revisando su buzón de correo esperando los formularios de los impuestos. Enero significa que la temporada de preparar los impuestos está cerca. Al comenzar a planear la recopilación de la información

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  • Getting Ready for Tax Season

    January 08, 2016

    By Kevin Counihan, CEO HealthCare.gov As we settle in to the New Year, many Americans are already keeping an eye on their mailbox for tax forms. January means tax season is just around the corner. As you begin to make a plan for gathering the information you need to file your taxes, it’s important to […]

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  • Improving the submission of quality data to CMS quality reporting programs

    December 30, 2015

    By: Kate Goodrich, M.D., M.H.S., Director, Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, CMS At the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), we are working to build a health care delivery system that is better, smarter and healthier – a system that delivers improved care, spends health care dollars more wisely, and supports healthier

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  • Medicare Drug Spending Dashboard

    December 21, 2015

    By Andy Slavitt, Acting CMS Administrator and Niall Brennan, CMS Chief Data Officer Just over a month ago, HHS convened a forum that brought together consumers, providers, employers, manufacturers, health insurance companies, representatives from state and federal government, and other stakeholders to discuss ideas on how our country can meet the

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  • CMS Quality Measure Development Plan Supporting the Transition to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)  and Alternative Payment Models (APMs)

    December 18, 2015

    By: Kate Goodrich, M.D., M.H.S., Director, Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, CMS Today we’re continuing to shift Medicare payments from volume to value by posting our draft Quality Measure Development Plan

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  • Thank you for your feedback on Stage 3 of the EHR Incentive Programs

    December 17, 2015

    By Kate Goodrich, Director Center for Clinical Standards and Quality As we approach the end of the public comment period for certain provisions of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs final rule, we want to provide a brief update on the comment process. As you know, the rule established new criteria […]

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  • Growing the Qualified Entities Program to Support Informed Decision-making by Consumers and Providers

    December 16, 2015

    By Niall Brennan, CMS Chief Data Officer and the Director of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA) At CMS, we are committed to providing our stakeholders with information needed to support informed decision-making as they navigate the health care system. As such, we have been a government leader in promoting increased data

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  • Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs

    December 10, 2015

    Kate Goodrich, Director Center for Clinical Standards & Quality We are living in a time of unprecedented change for health IT.  Initiatives like the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs are at the forefront of hospitals, physicians and nurse practitioners to adopt an electronic medium for patient

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  • Wrapping up HHS’s Pharmaceutical Forum: Putting Patients First and Finding a Path Forward

    December 10, 2015

    By Andy Slavitt, CMS Acting Administrator @aslavitt On Friday, November 20th, Secretary Burwell and I welcomed patients, advocates, pharmaceutical manufacturers, providers, payers to discuss ways we can work together to achieve our shared goals of fostering innovation and improving accessibility and affordability of life-changing medicines. Nearly

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  • Weekly Data Analysis

    December 09, 2015

    By Niall Brennan, Director & CMS Chief Data Officer During the second Open Enrollment period (OE2), CMS began releasing weekly snapshots about states using the HealthCare.gov platform to provide additional details about enrollment progress; this has continued during the third Open Enrollment period (OE3). These weekly snapshots include

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  • 5 Facts for Consumers about the Fee for Not Having Health Coverage

    December 07, 2015

    By Kevin Counihan One of the best parts of my job is the time I spend during Open Enrollment out on the road, talking with people who are looking to sign up for coverage at HealthCare.gov. The people I meet often ask questions about my role as CEO of HealthCare.gov and why I’m visiting their […]

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  • Remarks of CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt at the CMS Quality Conference.

    December 01, 2015

    I want to thank everyone who is attending and participating in the CMS Quality Conference for 2015.  Let me begin by thanking you for your commitment to our beneficiaries– anyone who has double-checked a patient’s chart to reconcile a medication, who has made the extra phone call to make sure a care transition happens, anyone […]

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  • CMS awards five year $110 million in ESRD Network funding to continue improvements in quality and access to care for people living with end stage renal disease

    December 01, 2015

    By: Patrick Conway, M.D., MSc, Acting Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer, CMS The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded $110 million in end stage renal disease (ESRD) Network funding for the 18 ESRD Networks to seven entities. These seven entities will work over a five year contract period, 2016 – 2020, to […]

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  • CMS Updates its Quality Strategy to Build a Better, Smarter, and Healthier Health Care Delivery System

    November 25, 2015

    By: Patrick Conway, M.D., MSc, Acting Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer, CMS At the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), we are working with public and private partners to build a health care delivery system that delivers improved care, spends health care dollars more wisely, and makes communities healthier. Our goal,

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  • New CMS Web Tool Will Improve Access to and Transparency of Information on Medicare Enrollment, Utilization, and Expenditures

    November 23, 2015

    Niall Brennan, Chief Data Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS continues to develop enhanced web-based data analytic and visualization tools, and I’m excited to announce that the most up-to-date Medicare enrollment information is now available to the public through our new CMS Program Statistics website. The website features

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  • Remarks of CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt at the HHS Pharmaceutical Forum: Innovation, Access, Affordability and Better Health

    November 20, 2015

    The following are comments prepared for delivery by CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt at the HHS Pharmaceutical Forum on Friday, November 20, 2015. The forum is bringing together consumers, providers, employers, manufacturers, health insurance issuers, representatives from state and federal government, and other stakeholders to share

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  • Five Facts about Deductibles

    November 17, 2015

    By Kevin Counihan When you shop for coverage at HealthCare. gov, you’ll have a variety of plans from which to choose. These options allow you to find a plan that meets your health needs and fits your budget. To find the plan that works best for your family, you should consider many different factors, such […]

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  • Reducing Improper Payment: A Collaborative Effort

    November 16, 2015

    By Patrick Conway, MD CMS Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer CMS is dedicated to promoting better care, protecting patient safety, reducing health care costs, and providing people with access to the right care, when and where they need it. This includes continually strengthening and improving Medicare and Medicaid programs

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  • CMS Awards 16 Partnership-Driven Special Innovation Projects to 10 Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations

    November 12, 2015

    Innovating to Close the Gap Between Best Practice & Common Practice By: Patrick Conway, MD, MSc Acting Principal Deputy Administrator Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality CMS Chief Medical Officer Jean Moody-Williams, RN, MPP Deputy Director Center for Clinical Standards and Quality Dennis Wagner, MPA Director, Quality Improvement

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  • Prescription Drugs: Advancing Ideas to Improve Access, Affordability, and Innovation

    November 05, 2015

    By Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Recently, prescription drugs have been in the news a lot, particularly with respect to their cost.  Millions of Americans rely on prescription medications to manage chronic illnesses or treat acute conditions, and drug innovation has resulted in better health

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  • We’re Here to Help

    October 28, 2015

    By Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplaces Open Enrollment to sign up for affordable, quality health coverage at HealthCare.gov begins in 4 days. Signing up for health insurance is an important decision and we want you to feel confident that you’ve picked the right plan for 2016. The good news is, if you […]

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  • It’s Time to Shop and Save

    October 28, 2015

    By Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplaces This Sunday, November 1, marks the start of Open Enrollment when you can visit HealthCare.gov and sign up for affordable, quality health coverage. For current Marketplace consumers, this is the time when you can come back, shop and compare your current plan with others available in

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  • Protecting Your Information at HealthCare.gov

    October 09, 2015

    By Kevin Counihan The third year of Open Enrollment is just around the corner. Starting November 1, you’ll be able to enroll or re-enroll in quality and affordable coverage at HealthCare.gov. Over the last several months, we’ve been working hard to make the consumer experience even better this year – learning about what information you […]

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  • Primary care makes strides in improving quality and costs

    October 07, 2015

    By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced promising results of the first shared savings performance year for the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative. This model is part of our broader effort at CMS to promote

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  • Welcome to ICD-10

    October 01, 2015

    By: Sean Cavanaugh Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare Today, the U.S. health care system moves to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision – ICD-10. We’ve tested and retested our systems in anticipation of this day, and we’re ready to accept properly coded ICD-10 claims. The change to ICD-10 allows you

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  • Helping You Help Your Employees with Medicare Enrollment

    September 25, 2015

    September 25, 2015 By Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicare Do you have employees or retirees who are eligible to enroll in Medicare?  Many people are still working when they’re first eligible for Medicare, and they need to decide if they should get Medicare Part B coverage. Those newly eligible for Medicare

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  • ICD-10: One Week Out

    September 24, 2015

    By Dr. Bill Rogers, ICD-10 Ombudsman In one week, the U.S. health care system will start using the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision. This is a huge moment because ICD-10 will help doctors and other health care providers better: Define patients’ clinical status and treat their complex medical conditions. Coordinate care among

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  • New Value-Based Insurance Design Model Aims to Make Medicare Advantage Even Better

    September 01, 2015

    By Patrick Conway, M.D., MSc, CMS deputy administrator and chief medical officer As part of its ongoing work to identify more effective ways to serve Medicare beneficiaries, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design

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  • New Options for Simple, Quick Enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP

    August 31, 2015

    By Vikki Wachino Medicaid continues to make advances in covering and enrolling eligible low-income people in health insurance coverage.  Our latest data, released today, show that as of June, enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) grew by almost 13.1 million people since just before the first Marketplace open

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  • New Medicaid initiative improves access to substance use disorder treatment

    July 27, 2015

    Byline: Vikki Wachino The Medicaid program plays an important role in providing access to treatment for individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD). Nearly 21 million Americans suffer from SUD, many of whom are low-income or uninsured. It is estimated that 12 percent of all Medicaid beneficiaries ages 18-64 and 15 percent of uninsured

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  • Update on Health Care and the 2014 Tax Season

    July 17, 2015

    By Kevin Counihan, the CEO of the health insurance marketplaces For most Americans, April 15 marked the end of this year’s tax season. For others, including those who have yet to file because they requested an extension, tax season is not yet complete. At CMS we work throughout the year to reach out to consumers […]

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  • Update on SHOP Marketplaces for Small Businesses

    July 02, 2015

    Update on SHOP Marketplaces for Small Businesses By Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplaces When people think about the Affordable Care Act, they often picture the 10.2 million Americans who now have the health and financial security that come with having access to quality and affordable coverage through the individual Health

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  • Meet the New Acting Administrator – First 100 Days, 6 Questions with Andy Slavitt

    June 26, 2015

    Earlier this year, Andy Slavitt was named Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As Acting Administrator, Andy oversees programs that provide access to health care for 140 million Americans, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace.  1.

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  • Affordable Care Act initiative supports care coordination in rural areas

    June 25, 2015

    – By Patrick Conway, M.D., Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services While we have accomplished a lot to make sure Americans have access to good, quality health care, continuing to reform our health care system by increasing quality and lowering costs will need

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  • Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns II First Annual Evaluation Report

    May 05, 2015

    By Patrick Conway, MD, Acting Principal Deputy Administrator of CMS Today, we at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are pleased to announce preliminary findings from the first annual evaluation report for Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns (Strong Start) strategy II cooperative agreements.  Strong Start is a federal

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  • Proposed Rules Include Commitment to Better Care, Smarter Spending, and Healthier Medicare Beneficiaries as well as Implement the IMPACT Act

    April 30, 2015

    By: Patrick Conway and Sean Cavanaugh In January, Secretary Burwell announced a new vision for the Medicare program, including clear goals and a timeline for shifting Medicare payments increasingly from volume to value.  Through this vision, we crystalized the work we have been pursuing across the agency into real, measurable goals. Over the past

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  • Open Payments: Data review and dispute underway for physicians – log in today

    April 24, 2015

    By Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., CMS Deputy Administrator for Program Integrity In its second year, the Open Payments program continues to promote transparency and accountability in health care by providing consumers with information about financial relationships between drug and medical device manufacturers and physicians and teaching hospitals. The

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  • Physician Quality Reporting Programs Strategic Vision

    April 23, 2015

    By Patrick Conway, MD, Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer As CMS releases statistics on the 2015 PQRS payment adjustment for the first time to the public, we are also announcing the publication of the Physician Quality Reporting Programs Strategic Vision (or “Strategic Vision”). This Strategic Vision,

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  • FDA and CMS Form Task Force on LDT Quality Requirements

    April 17, 2015

    By: Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D. and Patrick H. Conway, MD, MSc Health care providers and their patients expect that laboratory tests used in clinical management of patients should be consistent and of high quality. Under FDA’s proposed framework for the oversight of laboratory developed tests (LDTs), outlined in draft guidance documents issued in

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  • An Update for Consumers about Corrected 1095-As

    March 20, 2015

    By Kevin Counihan, Marketplace, Chief Executive Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services If you had coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace last year, you may have benefited from advance payments of a tax credit to help make health coverage more affordable. By now, you should have received a statement in the mail from the

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  • Building on the Success of the ACO Model

    March 10, 2015

    By Patrick Conway, M.D., Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services   On March 10, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched a new Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center

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  • CMS announces release of 2015 Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report

    March 02, 2015

    By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer Today, CMS released the 2015 National Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report (2015 Impact Report)

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  • Physician Groups that demonstrate high quality care receive increases to their Medicare Payments

    February 27, 2015

    By Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator & Director, Center for Medicare & Patrick Conway, MD, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality & CMS Chief Medical Officer This week, CMS posted results from the implementation of the first year of the Value-based Payment Modifier (Value Modifier) :

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  • Successful ICD-10 Testing Shows Industry Ready to Take Next Step to Modernize Health Care

    February 25, 2015

    By Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services I am delighted to announce that CMS has recently successfully completed the first week of end-to-end testing of new ICD-10 coding. The International Classification of Diseases, or ICD, is used to standardize codes for medical conditions and procedures. While most

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  • What Consumers Need to Know about Corrected Form 1095-As

    February 20, 2015

    Last year, millions of Americans used advance payments of tax credits to help lower the cost of their monthly health insurance premiums. Now that tax season is here, individuals and families enrolled in a health plan through the Marketplaces will need to provide some basic information about their health insurance when they file their tax […]

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  • Continuing to improve patient safety in hospitals

    February 11, 2015

    By Patrick Conway, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and CMS Chief Medical Officer Recently, a Department of Health and Human Services report showed that an estimated 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from

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  • CMS intends to modify requirements for Meaningful Use

    January 29, 2015

    By Patrick Conway, MD Today, we at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are pleased to announce our intent to engage in rulemaking to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs beginning in 2015. These intended changes would help to reduce the reporting burden on providers, while supporting

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  • Moving forward on primary care transformation

    January 23, 2015

    By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer  Today, we at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are excited to announce the promising findings from two large-scale tests of advanced primary care: the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative and the Multi-payer Advanced

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  • ACOs Moving Ahead

    December 22, 2014

    By Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicare Today, we at CMS are excited to announce that 89 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) will be joining the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program). With today’s announcement, we will have a total of 405 ACOs participating in the Shared Savings Program

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  • CMS releases data on quality to help patients choose providers

    December 18, 2014

    Updates provide quality metrics for hospitals and physicians By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released data on the quality of care provided by physician group practices, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and

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  • Home Health Compare Site to Offer New Tools for Consumers

    December 11, 2014

    By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer Consumers have many options when choosing a health care provider. Providers vary in the quality of the care they give, and everyone wants to choose the provider who will be best for themselves or their loved ones. Yet frequently the […]

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  • New Open Payments Search Tool Launches Today: Access a simple to use search interface

    October 17, 2014

    By Dr. Shantanu Agrawal, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of Center for Program Integrity Open Payments is a congressionally mandated, national disclosure program that promotes transparency and accountability in health care. But what does “transparency” mean to you as a patient, and why is it important? The program gives you the opportunity

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  • IMPROVED QUALITY OF MEDICARE PLANS AND STEADY PREMIUMS ARE GREAT NEWS AS OPEN ENROLLMENT SET TO BEGIN ON OCT. 15

    October 10, 2014

    By Marilyn Tavenner, CMS Administrator As we approach the beginning of Medicare open enrollment on October 15, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants everyone to know that for most seniors who have Original Medicare, the 2015 Part B premiums will remain unchanged for a second consecutive year. This means more of seniors’

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  • CMS announces first report on provider performance from a Qualified Entity

    August 27, 2014

    Niall Brennan, Acting Director, CMS Offices for Enterprise Management Data can play an integral role in helping consumers decide on everything from which car to drive to choosing a hotel. Indeed, data-driven decision support tools are available in almost every sector. Though many tools are available in health care, the sector as a whole has ...

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  • Accelerating states’ efforts on Medicaid delivery system reform

    July 14, 2014

    By Cindy Mann, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services and Patrick Conway, M.D., Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and CMS Chief Medical Officer As part of its commitment in working with states to improve care and improve health for Medicaid beneficiaries, and through these improvements, reduce

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  • Star Ratings Coming Soon to Compare Sites on Medicare.gov

    June 18, 2014

    By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer When buying a product or service, looking at ratings can often help narrow down the choices. Some websites offer “star” ratings that give information about the quality of the products and services they offer. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have ...

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  • Open Payments Data Collection Moves Forward

    May 22, 2014

    By Dr. Shantanu Agrawal, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of Center for Program Integrity By now, you may have heard about the Open Payments program (previously known as the Sunshine Act) and wondered what it is and what it means for you. This program offers patients the opportunity to know if their doctors have a ...

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  • Interactive Tool Allows Easier Access Data on Physicians

    April 23, 2014

    Author: Niall Brennan, Acting Director, Offices of Enterprise Management Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new interactive search tool that can help consumers and other stakeholders navigate information about the types of medical services and procedures delivered by physicians and other healthcare

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  • Historic release of data delivers unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and how much they are paid

    April 09, 2014

    By Jonathan Blum, Principal Deputy Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a major step forward in making Medicare data more transparent and accessible, while maintaining the privacy of beneficiaries, by announcing the release of new data on medical services and

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  • Next steps in Medicare data transparency

    April 02, 2014

    By Jonathan Blum, Principal Deputy Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services In letters to the American Medical Association and Florida Medical Association http://downloads.cms.gov/files/Madara_Final_Signed.pdf, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced our intent today to take another major step forward in

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  • Increasing Transparency in Health Care with Open Payments

    February 07, 2014

    By Ted Doolittle, Deputy Director, CMS Center for Program Integrity At the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, we are committed to transparency. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we have powerful new tools to advance transparency in health care and provide consumers with the information necessary to make informed choices. I’m pleased to

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  • Medicare’s delivery system reform initiatives achieve significant savings and quality improvements – off to a strong start

    January 30, 2014

    The Affordable Care Act is providing millions of Americans with access to quality, affordable health coverage—many for the very first time. But fixing America’s health care system means making health care affordable and high quality, as well as accessible. Results we’ve released today show the progress we’ve made on slowing the rise in health care

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  • CMS Modifies Policy on Disclosure of Physician Payment Information

    January 14, 2014

    By: Jonathan Blum, Principal Deputy Administrator Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a step forward in making Medicare data more transparent and accessible, while maintaining the privacy of beneficiaries.  Today’s Federal Register notice modifies the administration’s policy on disclosure of physician payment

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