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  • Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Website Retires in March 2019

    Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Website Retires in March 2019

      The PQRS program ended on December 31, 2018, and CMS is retiring the website on March 29, 2019. All of the posted resources currently on the website will no longer be available after March 29, 2019. Please download or read any educational materials on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) website before it retires.…
  • Protecting the Health and Safety of all Americans

    Protecting the Health and Safety of all Americans

      Protecting the Health and Safety of all Americans Despite stringent safeguards, alarming stories continue to be reported about people, including some of our most vulnerable individuals, who have experienced harm in healthcare settings that is devastating to these patients and their families. These include cases of sexual, physical, or mental abuse; neglect and medical…
  • CMS Updates Consumer Resources for Comparing Hospital Quality

    CMS Updates Consumer Resources for Comparing Hospital Quality

      CMS Updates Consumer Resources for Comparing Hospital Quality The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated hospital performance data on the Hospital Compare website and on data.medicare.gov to empower patients, families, and stakeholders with important information they need to compare hospitals and make informed healthcare decisions. This data includes specific measures of hospitals’…
  • CMS Launches Podcast to Reach Stakeholders via Modern Platform

    CMS Launches Podcast to Reach Stakeholders via Modern Platform

    CMS Launches Podcast to Reach Stakeholders via Modern Platform New podcast “CMS: Beyond the Policy” offers regular episodes that discuss agency updates and policies in a user-friendly medium Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched “CMS: Beyond the Policy,” a new podcast highlighting updates and changes to policies and programs in an…
  • New Innovations in Technology Promote Patient Access

    New Innovations in Technology Promote Patient Access

    New Innovations in technology promote patient access and could make health data exchange a reality for millions. On Monday, February 11, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released proposed rules to support seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information. The…
  • AHRQ Analysis Finds Hospital-Acquired Conditions Declined By Nearly 1 Million from 2014-2017

    AHRQ Analysis Finds Hospital-Acquired Conditions Declined By Nearly 1 Million from 2014-2017

    AHRQ Analysis Finds Hospital-Acquired Conditions Declined By Nearly 1 Million from 2014-2017 New data released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) show reductions in hospital-acquired conditions such as adverse drug events and healthcare-associated infections helped prevent 20,500 hospital deaths and save $7.7 billion…

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  • Renewed Efforts in Senior Mental Health Treatment May 7, 2019
    More than 20% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental or neurological disorder, and older people are more likely to experience several health conditions at the same time, including diabetes, hearing loss and osteoarthritis, according to The World Health Organization. Given these statistics, providers and lawmakers alike say they are looking for ways […]
  • Q&A with Dr. Richard McKeon May 7, 2019
    Dr. Richard McKeon is chief of the suicide prevention branch at the Center for Mental Health Services within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In this role, he oversees all branch suicide prevention activities, including the Garrett Lee Smith State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention and Campus Suicide Prevention grant programs, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Dr. McKeon […]
  • QIOs in Action: New England QIN-QIO Responds to Nursing Home Staff Need for Behavioral Health Education May 7, 2019
    Across the country, nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities face a two-pronged challenge: They’re working to reduce the over-prescription of antipsychotic medications, while also dealing with a growing population with behavioral health needs.  After analyzing data obtained through their antipsychotic-reduction work in nursing homes, the New England Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), the QIN-QIO […]
  • NCTA Day Amplifies Awareness, Calls to Action May 7, 2019
    April 16 marked the first of what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials plan to be an annual National Care Transitions Awareness Day. The observance, held in Baltimore, Maryland, comprised a range of speakers and exchange of information and ideas.  At the heart of the matter: helping beneficiaries and their families navigate the complicated journey […]
  • Temporary Pause of BFCC-QIO Short Stay and HWDRG Reviews May 7, 2019
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily paused the performance of both Short Stay reviews and Higher Weighted Diagnosis-Related Group (HWDRG) reviews by the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs). Short Stay reviews and HWDRG reviews will stop for a brief time beginning on May 8, 2019. CMS took […]
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