Physicians and health care providers continue to improve quality of care, lower costs

CMS News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 25, 2016 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Affordable Care Act Accountable Care Organization initiatives put patients at the center of their care while generating more than $1.29 billion in total Medicare savings since 2012 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the 2015 performance year results …

CMS examines inappropriate steering of people eligible for Medicare or Medicaid into Marketplace plans

Concerns raised about impact of 3rd party premium provider & affiliated organization payments The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a request for information seeking public comment on concerns that some health care providers and provider-affiliated organizations may be steering people eligible for, or receiving, Medicare and/or Medicaid benefits into Affordable Care Act-compliant individual market plans, including …

CMS releases new prescription drug cost data

CMS News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 18, 2016 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Second annual release provides clearer look into Medicare Part D costs and services Continuing the commitment to greater data transparency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) today released privacy-protected data on the prescription drugs that were paid for under the …

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Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model

Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model Date 2016-08-10 Contact press@cms.hhs.gov Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is announcing refinements to the design of the second year of the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (MA-VBID) model. The MA-VBID model is an opportunity for Medicare Advantage plans (MA …

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 …

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 …