Medicare Open Enrollment

During Medicare Open Enrollment, you can fine tune some of your Medicare coverage. Now’s your chance to compare Medicare Advantage (“Part C”) and Prescription Drug (“Part D”) plans. You could find a plan that offers more, costs less, or both. Start here. Medicare Plan Finder for Health, Prescription Drug and Medigap plans Find and compare Medicare Health Plans, Prescription Drug …

Fight Fraud by Guarding Your Medicare Number

Health care fraud drives up costs for everyone in the health care system.  One way to protect against such fraud is to guard your Medicare number.  Fraud schemes often depend on identity thieves getting hold of people’s Medicare numbers, so treat your number as you would a credit card.   Follow these important steps to protect yourself from fraud:   …

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@CMSgovPress Twitter Account Launch

CMS News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2016 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries  @CMSgovPress Twitter Account Launch Today, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Communications launched the new Twitter handle, @CMSgovPress. This new handle will be led by the Media Relations Group in Washington D.C. @CMSgovPress will be dedicated to promoting news …

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The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey:  Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary and a Bright Future Ahead

September 29, 2016 By Niall Brennan, Chief Data Officer, CMS This year marks the 25th anniversary and the one millionth beneficiary interview for the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), a survey that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first fielded in 1991. This in-person survey of 15,000 Medicare beneficiaries collects valuable information about aspects of the Medicare program …

CMS blog – readmissions to hospitals

By Patrick Conway, M.D., principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer, CMS; and Tim Gronniger, deputy chief of staff, CMS The unfortunate experience of having to return to the hospital after recently being treated—or watching the same thing happen to a friend or family member—is all too common. Potentially avoidable hospital readmissions that occur within 30 days of a patient’s initial …

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

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 harder for physicians to practice good care. The bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization …

Competitive bidding program continues to maintain access and quality while helping to save Medicare millions

CMS News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2016 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Overview The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the new single payment amounts and began sending contract offers to successful bidders for Medicare’s Round 1 2017 Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program. These new …

CMS proposes new standards to strengthen the Marketplace for 2018

CMS News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 29, 2016 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued the proposed annual Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018, which proposes additional steps to strengthen the Health Insurance Marketplace. CMS is issuing this rule earlier in the calendar year in …