Delivering on the Promise of Better Care for Older Adults

CMS BLOG 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 …

Affordable Care Act payment model continues to improve care, lower costs

CMS News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 9, 2016 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries The Independence at Home Demonstration continues to provide high quality primary care services for chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries in the home setting while saving the Medicare program money, according to a new analysis released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid …

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CMS extends, expands fraud-fighting enrollment moratoria efforts in six states

CMS extends, expands fraud-fighting enrollment moratoria efforts in six states New demonstration enhances agency’s enrollment and investigative options Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an extension and statewide expansion of fraud-fighting temporary provider enrollment moratoria efforts in six states, along with a new related demonstration project to allow for certain exceptions to the moratoria and heightened …

Medicare projects relatively stable average prescription drug premiums in 2017

CMS NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 29, 2016 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Medicare projects relatively stable average prescription drug premiums in 2017 Today, Medicare announced that the average basic premium for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2017 is projected to remain relatively stable at an estimated $34 per month. This represents …

Doctors Are Improperly Billing Some on Medicare, U.S. Says

WASHINGTON — Doctors are improperly billing poor people on Medicare for deductibles, co-payments and other costs from which they are supposed to be exempt, the Obama administration says. Federal officials have warned doctors that they may be subject to penalties if they persist in these practices. They could, for example, be fined or excluded from Medicare. The people who are …

Pitching Medicaid IT in Silicon Valley

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 important health insurance program that covers …

The New York Times: National Health Spending To Surpass $10,000 A Person In 2016

National health spending will average more than $10,000 a person this year for the first time, the Obama administration said Wednesday, a milestone that heralds somewhat faster growth in health spending after several years of exceptionally low growth. By 2025, the administration reported, health care will represent 20 percent of the total economy, up from 17.8 percent last year. By …

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Round One Health Care Innovation Awards Show Some Promising Results

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, and/or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees. Today we are sharing the second annual independent evaluation reports of round …