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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

CMS Empowers Patients and Ensures Site-Neutral Payment in Proposed Rule

July 26th, 2018|

 

CMS Empowers Patients and Ensures Site-Neutral Payment in Proposed Rule
Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) & Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) proposed rule advances CMS commitment to increasing transparency and lowering drug prices

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took steps to strengthen the Medicare program with proposed changes to ensure that seniors can

CMS Doubling Down on Health IT; Patients

July 19th, 2018|

CMS Doubling Down on Health IT; Patients
Americans enjoy the benefits of the best healthcare providers and innovators in the world. Yet while the volume of care consumed by American patients has not increased dramatically comparative to similar economies, the cost of care in the United States has accelerated at an alarming pace. Healthcare costs

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2019 Medicare Quality Payment Program

July 13th, 2018|

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2019 Medicare Quality Payment Program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed policies for Year 3 (2019) of the Quality Payment Program via the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The provisions included in the NPRM are reflective of the feedback we

Your Vaccine Recommendation Is a Critical Factor in Protecting Patient Health

June 28th, 2018|

Your Vaccine Recommendation Is a Critical Factor in Protecting Patient Health
Patients trust you to give them the best counsel on how to protect their health. You know that immunization is an important preventive measure – but it’s unlikely that getting vaccinated is on the radar for your adult patients. Your strong recommendation is critical

CMS Leverages Medicaid Program to Combat the Opioid Crisis

June 12th, 2018|

 
CMS Leverages Medicaid Program to Combat the Opioid Crisis
States provided guidance in designing treatment options for Opioid Epidemic

 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS released guidanceaimed at building on our commitment to partner with states to ensure that they have flexibilities and the tools necessary to combat the opioid crisis.  This new guidance

2018 MIPS Playbook Ready for Download

May 25th, 2018|

2018 MIPS Playbook Ready for Download
A new resource is now available to help family physicians get engaged with — and succeed in — the Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS), one track of CMS’ Quality Payment Program (QPP).

The 2018 MIPS Playbook is available to American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) members free of charge.  This playbook