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  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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

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

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

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An in-depth look at health care quality improvement

Megan Fisher, RN, MSN, MBA is a nurse consultant at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Her primary responsibilities include serving as the subject matter expert for Quality Reporting for the CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program’s Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs). Fisher also works with the Quality Payment Program Engagement team to provide a technical assistance perspective when needed. Prior to joining CMS in 2014, Fisher ...

September 6, 2017, 4:00 am

Mountain-Pacific Quality Health—the Quality Innovation Network–Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) serving Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Wyoming, the U.S. Pacific Territories of Guam and American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands—was awarded funding for a Special Innovation Project in 2015 to reduce costly and unnecessary trips to emergency care facilities in rural settings.

A recent PBS NewsHour segment highlighted the successes of the project in Montana thus far, ...

September 6, 2017, 4:00 am

The 2017 LAN Fall Summit, hosted by the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (LAN), will take place October 30 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

September 6, 2017, 4:00 am

More than 1.5 million cases of cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year, and cancer is the second leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the impact of the disease is widespread, advancing age remains the most important risk factor.

Fortunately, federal, state and local initiatives are working to reduce the impact of cancer on older Americans. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Quality Payment Program uses the Merit-base...

September 6, 2017, 4:00 am

atom Alliance—the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee—is collaborating with Kentucky’s Health Information Exchange (KHIE) and other statewide stakeholders to make data-driven health information available to providers.

Through their partnership, atom Alliance and KHIE have made a bold commitment to help 90 percent of eligible clinicians in Kentucky successfully participate in the Centers for Medicare & ...

September 6, 2017, 4:00 am

Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy (DSPN) is the most common cause of foot ulcers—a key factor for amputation. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases estimates neuropathy affects 60 to 70 percent of persons with diabetes in some form. DSPN often gets missed until it’s too late, contributing to the fact that one in four people with diabetes have a lifetime risk of amputation.

Charles Pascale, a Medicare beneficiary, had no personal experience with diabetes until the m...

September 6, 2017, 4:00 am

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s NIAM page for resources on how to help health care practitioners communicate the importance of immunizations during the awareness month. 

August 8, 2017, 4:00 am

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases estimates that diabetic neuropathy—a peripheral nerve disorder caused by diabetes or poor blood sugar control—affects 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes. The most common form of diabetic neuropathy is distal symmetrical peripheral neuropathy (DSPN). DSPN is the leading cause of foot ulcers, which can lead to extreme pain and even amputations.

“It feels like I’m barefooted walking on hot cement, and the sun is beating d...

August 8, 2017, 4:00 am

By Linda Griskell, Project Manager, HealthInsight QIN-QIO

In the 1990s, only nine states allowed pharmacists to administer vaccines. Due to major changes over the past two decades, pharmacists in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico are now allowed to administer vaccines. Patients with chronic conditions visit a pharmacy 35 times per year on average, giving pharmacists multiple opportunities to assess a patient’s preventive care status and administer recommended vaccinations. To b...

August 8, 2017, 4:00 am

Immunizations are critically important in protecting older adults against serious and sometimes deadly diseases, such as the influenza virus or shingles. Yet, Kaiser Health News reported in 2015 that three out of four Americans older than 60 do not get the shingles vaccine, and one in three skip the influenza vaccine.

Lack of education about these vaccines, and when to get them, can be a significant barrier to increasing immunization rates, especially for minority populations and those who sp...

August 8, 2017, 4:00 am

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