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:   …

@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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The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey:  Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary and a Bright Future Ahead

September 29, 2016 By Niall Brennan, Chief Data Officer, CMS This year marks the 25th anniversary and the one millionth beneficiary interview for the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), a survey that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first fielded in 1991. This in-person survey of 15,000 Medicare beneficiaries collects valuable information about aspects of the Medicare program …

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 …

CMS finalizes controversial Medicaid outpatient drug rule

By Virgil Dickson  | January 21, 2016 By April 1, state Medicaid agencies must start reimbursing pharmacies for prescription drugs based on actual acquisition costs according to a final rule released Thursday. Medicaid programs until now have reimbursed pharmacies for prescription drugs based on the ingredient costs for the drug and a dispensing fee for filling the prescription, according to the …