Health care law saved an estimated $2.1 billion for consumers

September 14, 2012

The health care law – the Affordable Care Act – has saved consumers an estimated $2.1 billion on health insurance premiums according to a new report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services. For the first time ever, new rate review rules in the health care law prevent insurance companies in all [...]  Read More

The New Making Medicare Information Clearer & Simpler

August 21, 2012

Did you ever get a government notice you didn’t understand? Have you ever gone to a website and hunted and clicked forever to find what you were looking for—or even worse, leave empty handed? We know how frustrating it can be, which is why we’ve given  a new design that makes it faster and [...]  Read More

Command Center Speeds Up Anti-Fraud Efforts

July 31, 2012

By Dr. Peter Budetti, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Program Integrity Today, I had the privilege of joining HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to open the new CMS Program Integrity Command Center that is speeding up the process of identifying fraud, and stopping criminals from defrauding [...]  Read More

Supporting Every Provider in Delivering Better, More Coordinated, Patient-Centered Care

July 27, 2012

By Dr. Rick Gilfillan, Director, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation This month, 88 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) joined the other Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs that came on line earlier this year.  Now, more than 150 organizations are partnering with Medicare in shared savings initiatives and offering more than 2 million patients better, [...]  Read More

Inspired by SHIP Conference

June 25, 2012

By Darren Hotton, Utah SHIP Director I attended the 18th Annual State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Directors’ Conference earlier this month, down in Atlanta, Georgia. It was great visiting again with my fellow SHIP directors, counselors, community partners, and CMS staff. I always look forward to learning new and innovative ways to grow my local SHIP [...]  Read More

2012 Train-the-Trainer Workshops begin next week

June 12, 2012

With a mild winter and warm spring past us, this year it’s hard to tell where one season ends and another begins. For those of us in CMS’ Division of Training, a sure sign that summer has arrived is a new round of National Medicare Train-the-Trainer Workshops! Each year we host a series of two-and-a-half [...]  Read More

Encouraging Innovation to Fight Medicaid Fraud

May 25, 2012

By Julie Boughn  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to fighting Medicaid fraud, which diverts funds from needed medical care for the most vulnerable Americans.  That’s why we’re announcing a challenge – the Provider Screening Innovator Challenge – to develop software tools that will help stop fraudsters from entering the Medicaid [...]  Read More

Ready for the 2012 SHIP Conference?

May 25, 2012

By Vicki Dufrene, Louisiana SHIP Director Late spring means the annual SHIP conference is on its way—the 18th Annual SHIP Director’s Conference will be held June 4—7 in Atlanta. It’s hard for me to believe that almost a year has passed since I found myself surrounded by dear friends and colleagues trying to absorb as [...]  Read More

The need for a “Strong Start” in life

May 8, 2012

By Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Like most of us, you probably know someone who had a baby born prematurely. These children are at greater risk for complications at birth as well as for developmental and health problems that can impact their quality of life as adults. Premature [...]  Read More

Information on Implementation of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act

May 3, 2012

On December 19, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which was included as section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010.  This provision will provide important transparency in requiring reporting of payments or gifts to physicians, and physician ownership and investment [...]  Read More