CMS Announces Agency’s First Rural Health Strategy

CMS Announces Agency’s First Rural Health Strategy Interagency effort seeks to improve access and quality of care for rural Americans Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the agency’s first Rural Health Strategy intended to provide a proactive approach on healthcare issues to ensure that the nearly one in five individuals who live in rural America have …

o Medicare scam alert

Scammers may call about your new Medicare card to trick you into sharing your personal information — like your current Medicare Number. Remember, Medicare will never call you uninvited or ask for your personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card. There are very limited situations in which Medicare can call you. Here are 2 tips …

Healthy Aging/Eating

There are some common problems that can make it harder for older people to follow through on smart food choices. We have problem-solving suggestions that can help with issues like: • Being tired of cooking or eating alone • Having problems chewing or swallowing food • Food tasting different • Feeling sad and not wanting to eat • Not being …

CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design

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

CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program updates to increase flexibility and reduce burdens

Proposed rule aims to simplify reporting requirements and offer support for doctors and clinicians in 2018 Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). CMS’s goal is to simplify the …

More Michigan Residents Can Qualify For Medigap Subsidy

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – More Medicare recipients in Michigan will qualify for subsidies to buy supplemental health insurance that covers their coinsurance and deductibles. The Michigan Health Endowment Fund announced Monday it’s raising the eligibility threshold, starting in July. Residents with annual incomes at or below 225 percent of the poverty level — or $26,730 for an individual and $36,045 …

CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Increase Patients’ Health Insurance Choices for 2018

CMS News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2017 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries 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 …