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  • Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the Alliance for Connected Care Telehealth Policy Forum for Health Systems

    Remarks by Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma at the Alliance for Connected Care Telehealth Policy Forum for Health Systems



    (November 15, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following "Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the Alliance for Connected Care Telehealth Policy Forum for Health Systems":


    Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the Alliance for Connected Care Telehealth Policy Forum for Health Systems
    (As prepared for delivery – November 15, 2018)

    Thank you Krista for that kind introduction, and thank you all for joining us today. It’s a privilege to be here with the Alliance for Connected Care. I’m glad I got to meet with your organization early in my tenure – and I’m particularly happy to continue our conversation on how we can make the promise of connected, coordinated care a reality by building it on a foundation of innovation. At CMS, we’ve been working to lay that foundation, including through supporting innovation in health c...
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposes Changes to Streamline and Strengthen Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Regulations

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposes Changes to Streamline and Strengthen Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Regulations


    Proposed Rule Continues Commitment to Promote Flexibility, Strengthen Accountability, and Maintain and Enhance Program Integrity in Medicaid and CHIP

    (November 8, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing significant regulatory revisions to streamline the 2016 managed care regulatory framework. The changes reflect a broader strategy to relieve regulatory burdens; support state flexibility and local...
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Model Addresses Opioid Misuse among Expectant and New Mothers

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Model Addresses Opioid Misuse among Expectant and New Mothers



    Goals are to improve quality of care, increase access to treatment based on state-specific needs, and reduce expenditures


    (October 23, 2018) - - Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) model, an important step in advancing the agency’s multi-pronged strategy to combat the nation’s opioid crisis. The model addresses the need to better align and coordinate care of pregnant and postpartum Medicaid beneficiaries with
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma Statement on Burden Reduction Accomplishments

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma Statement on Burden Reduction Accomplishments



    (October 17, 2018) - - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma's Statement on Burden Reduction Accomplishments: “I would like to thank President Trump for his leadership and commitment to reducing burdensome federal regulations and Secretary Azar’s action to moving our healthcare system towards providing value for patients. CMS will continue our efforts...
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  • U. S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces Participants in New Value-Based Bundled Payment Model

    U. S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces Participants in New Value-Based Bundled Payment Model




    Participation is robust in Administration’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement-Advanced model, which is designed to improve quality and reduce costs for inpatient & outpatient care



    (October 9, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that 1,299 entities have signed agreements with the agency to participate in the Administration’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement – Advanced (BPCI Advanced) Model. The participating entities will
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces New Streamlined User Experience for Medicare Beneficiaries

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces New Streamlined User Experience for Medicare Beneficiaries




    (October 1, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a multi-year initiative that will empower patients and update Medicare resources to meet beneficiaries’ expectation of a more personalized customer experience. The eMedicare initiative will modernize the way beneficiaries get information about Medicare and create new ways to help them make the best decisions...
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  • CMS Continues Efforts to help with Hurricane Florence Emergency Response

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    CMS Continues Efforts to help with Hurricane Florence Emergency Response

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Continues Efforts to help with Hurricane Florence Emergency Response



    Agency waivers take effect in Virginia



    (September 14, 2018) - - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced efforts underway to support Virginia in response to Hurricane Florence. This week, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency in Virginia. With the public health emergency in effect, CMS has taken several actions to provide immediate relief
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Streamlines Medicaid Review Process, Achieves Significant Reduction in Approval Times

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Streamlines Medicaid Review Process, Achieves Significant Reduction in Approval Times




    (August 16, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced significant improvements in managing the Medicaid program in partnership with states. Identified early as a priority for both the Trump Administration and the National Association of Medicaid Director’s (NAMD), CMS has implemented changes resulting in faster processing of state requests to make program or benefit...
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposes “Pathways to Success,” an Overhaul of Medicare’s ACO Program

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposes “Pathways to Success,” an Overhaul of Medicare’s ACO Program







    (August 9, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which is the program established by the Affordable Care Act and launched in 2012 under which the vast majority of Medicare’s Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) operate. The redesigned program is called “Pathways to Success.” ACOs are groups of health care providers that agree to take responsibility for the total cost and quality of care for their patients. In return, ACOs receive a portion of the savi...
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issues Proposed Additional Rule to Address Risk Adjustment Program for the 2018 Benefit Year

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issues Proposed Additional Rule to Address Risk Adjustment Program for the 2018 Benefit Year



    Proposed rule seeks to provide certainty and sustain consumer choices and affordability


    (August 8, 2018) - - Today’s notice of proposed rulemaking, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Methodology for the HHS-operated Permanent Risk Adjustment Program for 2018 Proposed Rule,” proposes to adopt the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2018
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Publishes Fact Sheet - - - Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Publishes Fact Sheet - - - Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report




    Fact Sheet: Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report


    Washington, DC - - (June 5, 2018) - - Today the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees issued their annual financial review of the programs. The projections indicate that income is sufficient to pay full scheduled benefits until 2026 for Medicare’s Hospital Insurance program, 2032 for Social Security’s Disability Insurance program, and until 2034 for Social Security’s Old Age and Survivors Insurance program. The Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Fund remains ade
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Sends Clear Message to Plans - - - Stop Hiding Information from Patients

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Sends Clear Message to Plans: Stop Hiding Information from Patients




    Part of the continued roll-out of American Patients First, CMS sends letter to Part D plans explaining that gag clauses that keep patients from knowing how to get the best deal are completely unacceptable



    (May 17, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to companies that provide Medicare prescription drug coverage in Part D explaining that so-called “gag clauses” are unacceptable,
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  • CMS Drives Patient-Centered Care over Paperwork in Proposals to Modernize Medicare and Reduce Burden

    CMS Drives Patient-Centered Care over Paperwork in Proposals to Modernize Medicare and Reduce Burden



    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rules would advance administrative burden reduction, Medicare modernization, and the Meaningful Measures Initiative



    (April 27, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed transformative changes to the payment systems for services furnished by a range of medical facilities. The agency’s proposed payment rules also set out to continue to modernize Medicare through innovation in skilled nursing facility payment
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Reveals New Medicare Card Design

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Reveals New Medicare Card Design



    Removing Social Security numbers strengthens fraud protections for about 58 million Americans



    (September 4, 2017) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave the public its first look at the newly designed Medicare card. The new Medicare card contains a unique, randomly-assigned number that replaces the current Social Security-based number. CMS will begin mailing the new cards to people with Medicare benefits in April 20
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Proposed Rule to Increase Health Insurance Choices for Patients for 2018

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Issues Proposed Rule to Increase Patients’ Health Insurance Choices for 2018




    March 1, 2017


    (February 15, 2017) - - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a proposed rule for 2018, which proposes new reforms that are critical to stabilizing the individual and small group health insurance markets to help protect patients. This proposed rule would make changes to special enrollment periods, the annual open enrollment period, guaranteed availability, network adequacy rules, essential community providers, and actuarial value requirements; and announces upcoming changes
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