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CMS Announces Proposed Improvements to Medicare Shared Savings Program

January 29th, 2016|

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released a proposed rule to update the methodology used to measure the performance of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program).

CMS Releases First Ever Home Health Patient Experience of Care Star Ratings

January 28th, 2016|

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced the first patient experience of care star ratings on Home Health Compare (https://www.medicare.gov/homehealthcompare/search.html).

Save the Date for the 2016 National Senior Health & Fitness Day

January 15th, 2016|

On Wednesday May 25th, more than 1,000 local groups across the country will host health promotion events for 100,000+ older adults, as part of the 23rd annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day

New Hospitals and Healthcare Providers Join Successful, Cutting-Edge Federal Initiative

January 14th, 2016|

Medicare Accountable Care Organization initiatives to improve how the health system cares for patients

CDC Year in Review: What’s Next?

January 4th, 2016|

In a digital press kit, CDC reviews the most pressing public health challenges of 2015 and previews plans for 2016.

CMS Expands Quality Data on Physician Compare and Hospital Compare to Help Consumers Choose Healthcare Providers

December 11th, 2015|

Updates provide more quality metrics for health care professionals and group practices

HHS-CMS Team Receives Highest Award from the Department of Health and Human Services

December 1st, 2015|

Last month, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), honored the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) National Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Team for its work in reducing patient harm and readmissions in hospitals across the United States.

CMS Awards 16 Partnership-Driven Special Innovation Projects to 10 Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations

November 13th, 2015|

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken another step toward ensuring that beneficiaries receive better care, better health and greater value by awarding 16, two-year Special Innovation Projects (SIPs), to 10 regional Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs).

Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Results for the CMS Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

October 28th, 2015|

Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program Overview
The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program adjusts what CMS pays hospitals under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) based on the quality of care they give patients. For FY 2016, the law requires that the applicable percent reduction

FAQs with Guidance on Switching EHR Vendors Now Available on CMS Website

September 28th, 2015|

To keep you updated with information on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, CMS has recently added two new FAQs providing information on how to continue participation in the EHR Incentive Programs or apply for a hardship exception after switching vendors.