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

March 22nd, 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

March 6th, 2019|

 
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 mistakes

CMS Updates Consumer Resources for Comparing Hospital Quality

March 1st, 2019|

 
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’ quality

CMS Launches Podcast to Reach Stakeholders via Modern Platform

February 20th, 2019|

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 easily

New Innovations in Technology Promote Patient Access

February 14th, 2019|

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

January 30th, 2019|

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

CMS Finalizes Rule that Encourages More Choices and Lower Costs for Seniors

November 5th, 2018|

CMS Finalizes Rule that Encourages More Choices and Lower Costs for Seniors
CMS Administrator Seema Verma: Today’s rule puts patients at the center in making the best decisions about their care.”
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule that strengthens the Medicare program by providing seniors more choices and lower

CMS announces 2019 Medicare Parts A & B premiums and deductibles

October 15th, 2018|

 
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for Medicare Parts A and B.
 “CMS is committed to empowering beneficiaries with the information they need to make informed decisions about their healthcare,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma.  “In addition to the information we recently released for

New MIPS Resources are Now Available in the QPP Resource Library

September 18th, 2018|

New MIPS Resources are Now Available in the QPP Resource Library
CMS has posted the following new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) resources on CMS.gov:

2019 Virtual Groups Toolkit: Includes an overview fact sheet, which details what virtual groups are and how to participate in a virtual group in 2019; an election process fact sheet

CMS Finalizes Changes to Empower Patients and Reduce Administrative Burden

August 3rd, 2018|

 

CMS Finalizes Changes to Empower Patients and Reduce Administrative Burden
Changes in the Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System final rule will advance price transparency and electronic health records  

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule to empower patients and advance the White House MyHealthEData

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