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  • CMS Finalizes Quality Payment Program Rule for Year 2 to Increase Flexibility and Reduce Burdens

    CMS Finalizes Quality Payment Program Rule for Year 2 to Increase Flexibility and Reduce Burdens

    CMS Finalizes Quality Payment Program Rule for Year 2 to Increase Flexibility and Reduce Burdens Quality Payment Program Year 2 Policies are Gradually Preparing Clinicians for Full Implementation Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule with comment for the second year of the Quality Payment Program (calendar year 2018),… Read More »
  • CMS Finalizes Policies that Reduce Provider Burden, Lower Drug Prices

    CMS Finalizes Policies that Reduce Provider Burden, Lower Drug Prices

    CMS Finalizes Policies that Reduce Provider Burden, Lower Drug Prices 2018 Quality Payment Program and Physician Fee Schedule finalized Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule and final rule with comment period for the Quality Payment Program (QPP). While part of CMS’s broader… Read More »
  • Partners Commit to Helping Kentucky Clinicians Successfully Participate in the Quality Payment Program

    Partners Commit to Helping Kentucky Clinicians Successfully Participate in the Quality Payment Program

    Partners Commit to Helping Kentucky Clinicians Successfully Participate in the Quality Payment Program The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE), Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS), Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), Kentucky Rural Healthcare Information Organization (KRHIO), Qsource — a member of atom Alliance, the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) — and the University… Read More »
  • Indiana County Receives Assistance for Targeted Opioid Reduction

    Indiana County Receives Assistance for Targeted Opioid Reduction

    Indiana County Receives Assistance for Targeted Opioid Reduction Memphis, Tenn. – Clinton County, Indiana, will soon receive a boost in its ongoing effort to combat the opioid epidemic. The atom Alliance, a partnership between Memphis-based Qsource in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana; Information & Quality Healthcare (IQH) in Mississippi; and AQAF in Alabama was recently named the… Read More »
  • Now Available: Qualifying APM Participant Look-Up Tool

    Now Available: Qualifying APM Participant Look-Up Tool

    Now Available: Qualifying APM Participant Look-Up Tool CMS has announced the results of the first Qualifying APM Participant (QP) determinations based on eligible clinician participation in the 2017 Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). They have unveiled an interactive look-up tool where many 2017 Advanced APM participants can look up their QP status based on calculations from… Read More »
  • MIPS Milestone: Begin Data Collection by October 2nd for 90 Consecutive Days of Participation

    MIPS Milestone: Begin Data Collection by October 2nd for 90 Consecutive Days of Participation

    MIPS Milestone: Begin Data Collection by October 2nd for 90 Consecutive Days of Participation It’s not too late to participate in the first year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—one of the two tracks in the Quality Payment Program. The transition year of MIPS has been underway since January 1, 2017 and runs until… Read More »
  • CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design

    CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design

    CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design Removing Social Security numbers strengthens fraud protections for about 58 million Americans Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave the public its first look at the newly designed Medicare card. The new Medicare card contains a unique, randomly-assigned number that replaces the current Social Security-based number.… Read More »
  • CMS Updates Medicare Payment Rates, Quality Reporting Requirements

    CMS Updates Medicare Payment Rates, Quality Reporting Requirements

    CMS Updates Medicare Payment Rates, Quality Reporting Requirements Final rules include policies to be more responsive to patients’ needs The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (MS) has issued three final rules outlining 2018 Medicare payment rates for skilled nursing facilities, hospice, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. The final rules are effective for fiscal year (FY)… Read More »
  • CMS Proposes 2018 and 2019 Payment Changes for Medicare Home Health Agencies

    CMS Proposes 2018 and 2019 Payment Changes for Medicare Home Health Agencies

    CMS Proposes 2018 and 2019 Payment Changes for Medicare Home Health Agencies The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a proposed rule that would update payment rates and the wage index for home health agencies (HHAs) serving Medicare beneficiaries in 2018 and proposes a redesign of the payment system in 2019. The… Read More »
  • New Version of the Important Message from Medicare Form

    New Version of the Important Message from Medicare Form

    New Version of the Important Message from Medicare Form On June 7, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted new versions of the Important Message from Medicare (IM) form (CMS-R-193) and the Detailed Notice of Discharge (DND) form (CMS 10066) on the Beneficiary Notices Initiative webpage. The associated instructions for use are also available.… Read More »
  • Quality Payment Program 2017 MIPS Online Course

    Quality Payment Program 2017 MIPS Online Course

    Now Available: Accredited Online Course – Quality Payment Program 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System: Improvement Activities Performance Category A new, online and self-paced overview course on the Quality Payment Program is now available through the MLN Learning Management System. Learners will receive information on: The Improvement Activities performance category requirements, and how this category fits into… Read More »
  • 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 »

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The official blog for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - visit www.cms.gov

By Kate Goodrich, MD Director, CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality & CMS Chief Medical Officer CMS is actively working to move the needle on improving quality in healthcare without additional burden to those providers on the frontlines. CMS recently launched a new initiative, ‘Meaningful Measures,’ which will streamline current measure sets – so […]
November 20, 2017, 5:35 pm

November 16, 2017 By: Seema Verma, CMS Administrator @SeemaCMS  Today, CMS is celebrating National Rural Health Day by commemorating our partners who provide quality care to the nearly one in five Americans who reside in rural communities. CMS recognizes the unique challenges facing rural America, and we are taking action to improve access and quality […]
November 16, 2017, 10:30 pm

 CMS Blog https://blog.cms.gov/2017/11/15/cmss-2017-medicare-fee-for-service-improper-payment-rate-is-below-10-percent November 15, 2017 By Kimberly Brandt, Principal Deputy Administrator for Operations (@cms.hhs.gov) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to reducing improper payments in all of its programs, as evidenced by improper payment reduction efforts contained in the Fiscal Year 2018 President’s Budget. CMS’s new leadership is re-examining existing […]...
November 15, 2017, 10:25 pm

CMS BLOG https://blog.cms.gov/2017/11/11/thank-you-for-your-service November 9, 2017 By:  Seema Verma, CMS Administrator Thank You for Your Service We’ve all heard the stories of bravery and sacrifice, or have personally experienced the inspiring dedication to service of our US Military veterans, but for me their heroism was made real on a visit to Normandy. Early in the […]
November 11, 2017, 3:00 pm

By Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Each October, as the days grow shorter, time seems to speed up. Maybe it’s because we start planning for the looming holidays or begin bracing for the cold winter, but before we know it we’re saying goodbye to one year and ringing in a […]
October 20, 2017, 2:59 pm

Por: Seema Verma, Administradora de los CMS Como podría haber escuchado ya, o quizás ya vio un comercial de televisión, los Centros de Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid pronto emitirán a cada beneficiario de Medicare una nueva Tarjeta de Medicare, sin números de Seguro Social, para prevenir el fraude, mantener seguros los fondos de los […]
September 14, 2017, 5:00 pm

By:  Seema Verma, CMS Administrator As you may have heard, or perhaps you’ve seen a recent TV commercial, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will soon be issuing every Medicare beneficiary a new Medicare Card, without Social Security Numbers, to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep taxpayer dollars safe, and to help ensure […]
September 14, 2017, 4:59 pm

By Seema Verma, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services As a wife and mother, my family’s health is always foremost on my mind. That is why a recent personal experience will forever shape the impact I want to have while serving as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Earlier […]
August 22, 2017, 3:00 pm

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

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The 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) Quality Conference will bring together nearly 2,500 CMS program leaders, contractors, federal partners, clinicians, patients, advocates and thought leaders in Baltimore, Maryland on February 12-14 to develop and spread solutions to some of America's most pervasive health system challenges.

The collaborative format of the conference, and strong focus on putting patients first using data-proven outcomes, is underscored by this year's confe...

November 7, 2017, 5:00 am

A group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) tasked with optimizing the quality of dementia care saw major gains last year by reducing the prevalence of antipsychotic use in long-stay nursing home residents by more than 30 percent.

CMS’ National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes was started in 2012 to enhance the use of non-pharmacologic, person-centered approaches to dementia care. The Partnership’s outreach efforts have garnered impressive results, accor...

November 7, 2017, 5:00 am

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) launched the new Diabetes Discoveries and Practice (DDP) blog. Join thought leaders, health care professionals, and researchers to create a dialogue on emerging trends and practical applications in diabetes prevention and management. Click here to learn more. 

November 7, 2017, 5:00 am

In 2011, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services released a report underscoring the high use of atypical antipsychotic medications for “off-label” indications among nursing home residents. According to this report, 83 percent of atypical antipsychotic drug claims were for elderly nursing home residents who had not been diagnosed with a condition for which antipsychotic medications were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The hig...

November 7, 2017, 5:00 am

The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program will hold the next National Learning & Action Network (LAN) online training on Wednesday, November 8 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET.

The online training, entitled “Engaging Physicians & Care Teams to Prevent & Manage Diabetes,” will review strategies and services for helping primary care providers and health systems implement pre-diabetes identification and referral processes for effective intervention. The event also will focus on the four critic...

November 7, 2017, 5:00 am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program has awarded 11 Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) funding for 14 Special Innovation Projects (SIP). The period of performance for these projects is two years.

The 2017 awards were split between two categories. For the first category, "Local Quality Improvement Interventions," QIN-QIOs were encouraged to propose various topics that address issues of quality occ...

November 7, 2017, 5:00 am

Sue Fleck, RN, MMHS is the subject matter expert (SME) for the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). An 18-year employee of CMS, she has expertise in quality improvement, operations and strategic management, risk management, health policy, health information technology, utilization review, hospital administration, medical malpractice claims investigation and nursing. Fleck’s previous roles at CMS include serving as a project officer...

November 7, 2017, 5:00 am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Person and Family Engagement (PFE) Strategy aims to expand the awareness and practice of person and family engagement among a wide variety of stakeholders in the health care community. To support the PFE Strategy, the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program’s Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN NCC) has compiled five tips for forging stronger relationships with patients and their families.

1. Co-Design Quality...

October 3, 2017, 4:00 am

The next CMS Quality Conference dates have been announced! Please mark your calendar for the 2018 CMS Quality Conference: Advancing Patient-Centered Care, February 12-14, 2018, in Baltimore, MD. Additional details, registration and agenda to come.

October 3, 2017, 4:00 am

The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program will hold the next Medication Safety National Learning & Action Network (LAN) webinar on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET.

The online training, entitled “A Review of Patient Activation & Prescription Drug Monitoring: Resources to Enhance Medication Management with Patients,” will review the use of two resources—the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) and Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs).

Attendees will hear from...

October 3, 2017, 4:00 am

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