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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 […]

Medicare’s delivery system reform initiatives achieve significant savings and quality improvements – off to a strong start

The Affordable Care Act is providing millions of Americans with access to quality, affordable health coverage—many for the very first time. But fixing America’s health care system means making health care affordable and high quality, as well as accessible. Results we’ve released today show the progress we’ve made on slowing the rise in health care […]

CMS Modifies Policy on Disclosure of Physician Payment Information

By: Jonathan Blum, Principal Deputy Administrator Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a step forward in making Medicare data more transparent and accessible, while maintaining the privacy of beneficiaries.  Today’s Federal Register notice modifies the administration’s policy on disclosure of physician payment information.  Going forward, CMS will evaluate requests for individual […]

Combating fraud and abuse in the Medicare Prescription Drug Program

By Jonathan Blum, CMS Principal Deputy Administrator The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) takes prescription drug abuse very seriously and actively works to detect and prevent fraud and abuse in order to protect the Medicare program, its beneficiaries, and taxpayers. The Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit provides prescription drug coverage to more […]

New Data Shows Affordable Care Act Reforms Are Leading to Lower Hospital Readmission Rates for Medicare Beneficiaries

Being re-hospitalized shortly after being discharged is an unpleasant experience for patients. It’s also costly for patients, insurance companies and other payers, and—if the patient is a Medicare beneficiary—taxpayers, too. High readmission rates – the percentage of inpatient discharges where a re-hospitalization occurred – can also be a sign of low-quality care. It often means […]