Transforming Health Care Delivery through the CMS Innovation Center: Better Care, Healthier People, and Smarter Spending

January 5, 2017 By Dr. Patrick Conway, Acting Principal Deputy Administrator We have made great progress in recent years on reforming our system into one that delivers better quality of care for patients and pays for care in a smarter way, including investing more in prevention and primary care. Before 2010, there had been only modest efforts to improve care …

Medicare-Medicaid ACO Model joins growing number of state-based efforts to improve quality of care, lower costs

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Medicare-Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model, a new initiative designed to improve the quality of care and lower costs for beneficiaries who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. The Medicare-Medicaid ACO Model builds on the current Medicare Shared Savings Program and advances efforts to partner with states in …

CMS launches new online tool to make Quality Payment Program easier for clinicians

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a tool to share automatically electronic data for the Medicare Quality Payment Program. This new release is the first in a series that will be part of CMS’s ongoing efforts to spur the creation of innovative, customizable tools to reduce burden for clinicians, while also supporting high-quality care for patients. …

2017 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles Announced

CMS NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2016 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries 2017 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles Announced Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2017 premiums for the Medicare inpatient hospital (Part A) and physician and outpatient hospital services (Part B) programs. Medicare Part B …

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Give Fraudsters the Old “One-Two”

Just hang up on phone solicitors offering free gifts in exchange for your Medicare card number or other health information. Read about more ways to beat the Medicare crooks in the link, below. Help fight Medicare fraud | Medicare.gov Learn about examples of Medicare fraud, like getting billed for services or equipment you never got. Learn More WWW.MEDICARE.GOV

CMS Awards Special Innovation Projects

CMS BLOG CMS Awards Special Innovation Projects to Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations Aimed to Drive Better Care, Smarter Spending, and Healthier People October 20, 2016 By: Patrick Conway, MD, MSc Acting Principal Deputy Administrator Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality CMS Chief Medical Officer Kate Goodrich, MD Director Center for Clinical Standards and Quality Dennis Wagner, MPA Director, Quality Improvement …

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 …