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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 […]

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 […]