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CMS Announces the PQRS Web-Based Measure Search Tool

February 24th, 2016|

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the availability of the new Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Web-Based Measure Search Tool.

CMS Quality Measure Development Plan Supports Transition to MIPS and APMs

January 30th, 2016|

We’re continuing to shift Medicare payments from volume to value by posting our draft Quality Measure Development Plan [https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Value-Based-Programs/MACRA-MIPS-and-APMs/MACRA-MIPS-and-APMs.html]. The Measure Development Plan is a strategic framework for future clinician quality measurement development.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Ensuring Healthcare Quality

January 27th, 2016|

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America’s healthcare system. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools and data needed to improve the healthcare system and help Americans, healthcare professionals and policymakers make informed health decisions.

CMS’ Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality Shares 2016 Goals

January 7th, 2016|

Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, joined the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in September 2011 and presently serves as Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ). The Center is responsible for over 20 quality measurement and value-based purchasing programs

Medicare Drug Spending Dashboard

December 29th, 2015|

Just over a month ago, HHS convened a forum that brought together consumers, providers, employers, manufacturers, health insurance companies, representatives from state and federal government, and other stakeholders

Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs

December 15th, 2015|

We are living in a time of unprecedented change for health IT. Initiatives like the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs are at the forefront of hospitals, physicians and nurse practitioners to adopt an electronic medium for patient information.

Wrapping up HHS’s Pharmaceutical Forum: Putting Patients First and Finding a Path Forward

December 10th, 2015|

On Friday, November 20th, Secretary Burwell and I welcomed patients, advocates, pharmaceutical manufacturers, providers, payers to discuss ways we can work together to achieve our shared goals of fostering innovation and improving accessibility and affordability of life-changing medicines. Nearly 1,500 people participated in person and online discussing the important issues of how to continue

In the Words of Corley Roberts, Daughter

November 30th, 2015|

Families with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients Share Their Stories

My mom is going through the early stages of Alzheimer’s. She’s 81. Her dad died almost 20 years ago of what we believe was Alzheimer’s too. Her mom passed several years ago and had dementia.

My mom was born and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas. What

CMS Continues Shift from Volume to Results in Healthcare

November 25th, 2015|

Nearing the one year anniversary of the Administration’s announcement for the future of the Medicare program, including clear goals and a timeline for shifting Medicare payments from volume to value, CMS is actively working to turn the vision into reality.

CMS Remarks at HHS Pharmaceutical Forum

November 23rd, 2015|

The following are comments prepared for delivery by CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt at the HHS Pharmaceutical Forum on Friday, November 20, 2015.