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Star Ratings Coming Soon to Compare Sites on Medicare.gov

By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer When buying a product or service, looking at ratings can often help narrow down the choices. Some websites offer “star” ratings that give information about the quality of the products and services they offer. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have […]

Go paperless and help the environment

Do you know what June 5th is?  It’s World Environment Day – a day for encouraging awareness and action for the environment that’s celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide.  How will you make your voice heard this year?  One great way is to sign up to get your “Medicare & You” handbook electronically. If you […]

Even “healthy” men need health screenings

Are you the type of guy who puts off doing a task and later wishes he’d just done it? If you’re a man with Medicare, now’s the time to talk with your doctor about whether you should get screened forprostate cancer, for colorectal cancer, or for both. Even if you’re feeling fine, screening tests can […]

Traveling abroad this summer? Plan a worry-free vacation.

If you’re planning a vacation abroad this summer, you already know that there’s a lot to do before you leave. There are suitcases to pack, an itinerary to plan, and perhaps a passport to renew. We want you to have the most relaxing vacation possible, so before you go don’t forget to: Look into Medicare […]

Open Payments Data Collection Moves Forward

By Dr. Shantanu Agrawal, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of Center for Program Integrity By now, you may have heard about the Open Payments program (previously known as the Sunshine Act) and wondered what it is and what it means for you. This program offers patients the opportunity to know if their doctors have a […]

Protect your bones, protect your life

Will a silent disease shatter your life?  Every year, a growing number of Americans are finding out that they have osteoporosis-a disease that causes bones to weaken and be more likely to break.  Medicare can help you prevent or detect osteoporosis at an early stage, when treatment works best.  Learn the facts so you can […]

Older Americans Month: Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.

Have you ever had an injury from a fall or another kind of an accident? Each year, accidents like falls result in at least 6 million medically-treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths. Many of these unintentional injuries happen to older Americans. Every May, we recognize older Americans for their contributions and demonstrate our nation’s commitment to […]

Your mind matters – and Medicare is here to help!

Reminders to take care of your physical health are all around you– on the web, in television ads, and from concerned family members. What you may not remember is that taking care of your mental health is just as important! May is National Mental Health Month, so we’re making an effort to spread the word […]

Protect yourself from Hepatitis B

Did you know that 1.2 million people in the U.S. have chronic Hepatitis B, but many more people don’t know they’re infected because they have no symptoms? Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease that can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness that can lead to […]

What’s your blood pressure?

Do you have a minute to keep your heart and kidneys healthy?  Getting a fast (less than a minute) and simple test can tell you if your blood pressure is too high.  High blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms, but it can lead to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney […]

Interactive Tool Allows Easier Access Data on Physicians

Author: Niall Brennan, Acting Director, Offices of Enterprise Management Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new interactive search tool that can help consumers and other stakeholders navigate information about the types of medical services and procedures delivered by physicians and other healthcare professionals. Users can search for a provider by […]

Historic release of data delivers unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and how much they are paid

By Jonathan Blum, Principal Deputy Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a major step forward in making Medicare data more transparent and accessible, while maintaining the privacy of beneficiaries, by announcing the release of new data on medical services and procedures furnished to Medicare […]

Alcohol misuse, it’s okay to talk about it

 “Risky drinking” is defined as more than 21 drinks per month according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the American Geriatrics Society. Did you know that 9% of people with Medicare drink more than 30 drinks a month? There are lots of changes that happen with age, and some of them, […]

Next steps in Medicare data transparency

By Jonathan Blum, Principal Deputy Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services In letters to the American Medical Association and Florida Medical Association http://downloads.cms.gov/files/Madara_Final_Signed.pdf, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced our intent today to take another major step forward in making our health care system more transparent and accountable. We plan to […]

Increasing Transparency in Health Care with Open Payments

By Ted Doolittle, Deputy Director, CMS Center for Program Integrity At the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, we are committed to transparency. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we have powerful new tools to advance transparency in health care and provide consumers with the information necessary to make informed choices. I’m pleased to share […]