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  • Proposed Rule for Implementation of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

    Proposed Rule for Implementation of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

    CMS Announcement of Proposed Rule for Implementation of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Expanded Model On July 13, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Calendar Year (CY) 2018 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule that would make additional proposals to implement the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) expanded model… Read More »
  • 2018 Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map

    2018 Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map

    2018 Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today posted an update to the Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map. This map is of projected issuer participation on the Health Insurance Exchanges in 2018 based on the known issuer public announcements through July 12, 2017. Participation is expected to… Read More »
  • CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program updates to increase flexibility and reduce burdens

    CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program updates to increase flexibility and reduce burdens

      CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program updates to increase flexibility and reduce burdens Proposed rule aims to simplify reporting requirements and offer support for doctors and clinicians in 2018   Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program… Read More »
  • 5 Ways for Healthcare Providers to Get Ready for New Medicare Cards

    5 Ways for Healthcare Providers to Get Ready for New Medicare Cards

      5 Ways for Healthcare Providers to Get Ready for New Medicare Cards Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and financial information of… Read More »
  • QIN-QIO, Atom Alliance, Featured in 2016 QIO Program Progress Report

    QIN-QIO, Atom Alliance, Featured in 2016 QIO Program Progress Report

      QIN-QIO, Atom Alliance, Featured in 2016 QIO Program Progress Report CMS’ Annual Report Highlights QIN-QIOs’ contributions to national health quality improvement for Medicare beneficiaries Memphis – Atom Alliance, the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, is featured in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) newly… Read More »
  • New Medicare cards offer greater protection to more than 57.7 million Americans

    New Medicare cards offer greater protection to more than 57.7 million Americans

      New Medicare cards offer greater protection to more than 57.7 million Americans New cards will no longer contain Social Security numbers, to combat fraud and illegal use The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is readying a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft,… Read More »
  • Effort to Gather Data on Incidents of Nursing Home C. difficile Infections Reaches Nationwide Target

    Effort to Gather Data on Incidents of Nursing Home C. difficile Infections Reaches Nationwide Target

    Effort to Gather Data on Incidents of Nursing Home C. difficile Infections Reaches Nationwide Target McLean, Virginia – Quality Innovation Networks (QIN), which are comprised of regionally-focused Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) across the country, have reached their target of enrolling 2,336 nursing homes in the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).… Read More »
  • Accountable Health Communities Model Selects 32 Participants to Serve as Local ‘Hubs’

    Accountable Health Communities Model Selects 32 Participants to Serve as Local ‘Hubs’

      Accountable Health Communities Model Selects 32 Participants to Serve as Local ‘Hubs’ Linking Clinical and Community Services Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for applications for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (Innovation Center) Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model. Over a five-year period,… Read More »
  • Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model Request for Applications and Open Door Forums

    Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model Request for Applications and Open Door Forums

    Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model Request for Applications and Open Door Forums The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center (CMS Innovation Center) released the Request for Applications (RFA) and Letter of Intent (LOI) for organizations interested in applying to the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model… Read More »
  • atom Alliance Teams Up with Nursing School to Improve Long-Term Care

    atom Alliance Teams Up with Nursing School to Improve Long-Term Care

    atom Alliance Teams Up with Nursing School to Improve Long-Term Care Originally posted by University of Mississippi Medical Center on September 26, 2016 A collaboration between the University of Mississippi School of Nursing and Information & Quality Healthcare, a member of the atom Alliance, a five-state Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organization providing services in Alabama, Tennessee,… Read More »
  • Kentucky, Mississippi Nursing Homes Receive Assistance for Targeted Quality of Care Improvements

    Kentucky, Mississippi Nursing Homes Receive Assistance for Targeted Quality of Care Improvements

    Kentucky, Mississippi Nursing Homes Receive Assistance for Targeted Quality of Care Improvements Memphis, Tenn. –Several nursing homes in Kentucky and Mississippi will soon receive a boost in their ongoing effort to provide quality care for residents. The atom Alliance, a partnership between Memphis-based Qsource in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana; Information & Quality Healthcare (IQH) in Mississippi;… Read More »
  • CMS Partners with Commercial and State Insurers

    CMS Partners with Commercial and State Insurers

    CMS partners with commercial and state insurers to support primary care practices and reduce clinician burden Data is the lifeblood of the value-based payment environment. Every time a doctor takes care of a patient, we have an opportunity to use information in ways that help patients get better care. The goal is to use the… Read More »

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By Cara V. James, PhD, Director, CMS Office of Minority Health  Each April we observe National Minority Health Month. This year’s theme is, Bridging Health Equity Across Communities. This theme acknowledges the important role that social determinants of health play in individual and community well-being. It also evokes action and activity  around health equity. For it […]
April 27, 2017, 3:23 pm

April 26, 2017 By: Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) As many of you know, April is National Minority Health Month, and it’s a privilege to be Administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and take part in the observance. This year’s theme is “Bridging Health Equity Across […]
April 26, 2017, 3:14 pm

February 27, 2017 By Patrick Conway, M.D., M.Sc., Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Deidre Gifford, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services; Ellen-Marie Whelan, N.P., Ph.D., Chief Population Health Officer, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services; and Alex Billioux, M.D., D.Phil., Director, Division of Population Health Incentives and Infrastructure, […]
February 27, 2017, 4:56 pm

If you still need health coverage for 2017, you have until January 31st to sign up for coverage through HealthCare.gov. Through the website you can review your choices and see if you qualify for financial help. Issuers have confirmed that consumers who select a plan and pay their first premium will have coverage for 2017. […]
January 27, 2017, 7:03 pm

By Niall Brennan, Director of the CMS Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics, and CMS Chief Data Officer; and, Tim Engelhardt, Director of the Federal Coordinated Health Care Office at CMS   Data Brief: Sharp reduction in avoidable hospitalizations among long-term care facility residents For long-term care facility residents, avoidable hospitalizations can be dangerous, disruptive, […]
January 17, 2017, 9:54 pm

By Kate Goodrich, MD Director, CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality & CMS Chief Medical Officer Today, I am pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is notifying eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and/or the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) […]
January 17, 2017, 7:01 pm

By    Dr. Patrick Conway, Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Deputy Administrator          for Innovation & Quality and Pauline Lapin, MHS, Director, Seamless Care Models Group, Center for Medicare &                  Medicaid Innovation Over the past few years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]
January 12, 2017, 4:09 pm

  By Dr. Patrick Conway, Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Deputy Administrator for Innovation & Quality Transforming Health Care Delivery through the CMS Innovation Center: Better Care, Healthier People, and Smarter Spending We have made great progress in recent years on reforming our system into one that delivers better quality of care for patients and […]
January 5, 2017, 5:01 pm

By: Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer and Kate Goodrich, M.D., M.H.S., Director, Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, CMS The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to work diligently to make health care quality information more transparent and understandable for consumers. At CMS, one of […]
December 14, 2016, 4:14 pm

By: Kate Goodrich, MD MHS, Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, CMS At the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), we are working with numerous partners to transform our health care delivery system to one that delivers better health outcomes while spending dollars more wisely. In November of 2015, we updated the CMS […]
December 13, 2016, 1:58 pm

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 3.4 million Americans aged 40 years and older are either blind (having a visual acuity [VA] of 20/200 or less or a visual field of less than 20 degrees) or visually impaired (having VA of 20/40 or less). In total, visual impairment affects more than three percent of adults over the age of 40 in the United States.

While visual impairment can affect older adults for a variety of reasons, diabetes can significantly increase the l...

July 11, 2017, 4:00 am

The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program will hold the next Medication Safety National Learning & Action Network (LAN) webinar on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET.

The online training, entitled “What Can Chronic Care Management and Patient Activation Measurement Do For You?,” will provide an overview of what chronic care management (CCM) services mean for patients and caregivers and how health care stakeholders can help provision these resources. The webinar will a...

July 11, 2017, 4:00 am

Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG)—the Quality Innovation Network–Quality Improvement Organization (QIN­–QIO) serving Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio and the U.S. Virgin Islands—works in collaboration with home health agencies to improve and strengthen the quality of care and patient outcomes within the home health environment.

HSAG’s new video, entitled “Why Home Health?,” is designed to show providers why home health is a great way to avoid unnecessary hospital readmissions. It also h...

July 11, 2017, 4:00 am

Qualis Health—the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization serving Idaho and Washington—was recently honored by the 8th Annual DecisionHealth Platinum Awards for its quality improvement efforts. This national awards program recognizes the best in care management and care coordination, highlighting the innovations and leadership of health care organizations to create better ways to bring quality care to patients and populations.

Two QIN-QIO projects received honorable mentio...

July 11, 2017, 4:00 am

At the May 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research in Washington, D.C., the director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)—Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD—shared findings from the institute's latest research priorities: disparities and tobacco control. Following are 10 fast facts about disparities from NIMHD, which is one of the 27 institutes and centers within the National Institutes of Health.

Significant disparities exist in medical ...
July 11, 2017, 4:00 am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working to streamline program requirements and reduce burden on clinicians who are participating in the Quality Payment Program, especially for those who are in small, independent and rural practices.

On June 20, CMS issued a proposed rule that, if finalized, would make changes to the second year of the Quality Payment Program, which is 2018. The changes simplify reporting requirements and provide added flexibility for clinicians who are p...

July 11, 2017, 4:00 am

Sonya Karpiak Bowen joined the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 1994 and its Office of Minority Health (OMH) in 2015, initially as a special assistant to the deputy director, and currently as a health insurance specialist. Her primary responsibilities include advancing program incentives to increase physical accessibility in health care settings, targeting analyses of high risk, high needs subgroups of dually Medicare-Medicaid eligible beneficiaries within CMS’s Financial Ali...

July 11, 2017, 4:00 am

In 2011, The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) established an advisory council to provide advice and consultation on how to prevent or reduce the burden of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias on people with the disease and their caregivers. The Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services meets quarterly to discuss programs that impact people, and the council is looking for seven new members to join its efforts. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there a...

June 6, 2017, 4:00 am

In April, new Medicare claims data analyzed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN NCC) showed that non-traumatic lower extremity amputations (LEA) have been gradually increasing since 2009. LEAs are of particular concern for racial and ethnic minority beneficiaries (who experience higher rates than whites) and for men, who are more than twice as likely to experience a non-traumatic amputation than women. According t...

June 6, 2017, 4:00 am

Polypharmacy—the use of multiple drugs to treat a single or several medical issues—is a growing concern for Medicare beneficiaries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 82 percent of American adults take at least one medication, and 29 percent take five or more. Additionally, adverse drug events (ADEs) cause more than one million emergency department visits and 280,000 hospitalizations each year.

Prescription medications are effective at treating acute symptoms o...

June 6, 2017, 4:00 am

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