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 …

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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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 …