Category Archive: CMS

‘Like A Ghost Town’: Erratic Nursing Home Staffing Revealed Through New Records

Daily nursing home payroll records just released by the federal government show the number of nurses and aides dips far below average on some days and consistently plummets on weekends.

Outrageous Or Overblown? HHS Announces Another Round Of ACA Navigator Funding Cuts

Advocates of the sweeping health law view this move by the Trump administration as its most recent act of sabotage. But not everyone views it as a mortal blow.

Despite U.S. Court’s Ruling, Medicaid Work Requirements Advance In Other States

It’s not yet clear what impact the decision on Kentucky’s mandate will have on other state programs.

Working Together for Value

June 20, 2018  By Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Working Together for Value Over the past year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has engaged with the provider community in a discussion about regulatory burden issues. This included publishing a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting comments about areas of high […]

CMS Opioids Roadmap

June 11, 2018 CMS Opioids Roadmap Although some progress has been made in efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate the crisis is not slowing down. However, it is important for our beneficiaries across the country to know that the Centers for Medicare & […]

A New Era of Accountability and Transparency in Medicaid

By: Administrator, Seema Verma, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services In his first 500 days in office, President Donald J. Trump has achieved results both at home and abroad for the American people, working to ensure government is more accountable to the American people. One of the many promises the Trump Administration has made and […]

Quality Payment Program Exceeds Year 1 Participation Goal

By: Administrator, Seema Verma, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Payment Program Exceeds Year 1 Participation Goal  I’m pleased to announce that 91 percent of all clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participated in the first year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) – exceeding our goal of 90 percent participation. […]

CMS Encourages Eligible Suppliers to Participate in Expanded Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Model

By CMS Administrator Seema Verma Nationally expanded performance-based payment model now enrolling service suppliers The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in April expanded the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP), a national performance-based payment model offering a new approach to type 2 diabetes prevention in eligible Medicare beneficiaries with an indication of pre-diabetes. For […]

Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Funding Opportunity: Measure Development for the Quality Payment Program

CMS Blog https://blog.cms.gov/2018/03/02/medicare-access-and-chip-reauthorization-act-of-2015-macra-funding-opportunity March 2, 2018 By Kate Goodrich, MD Director, CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality & CMS Chief Medical Officer   Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Funding Opportunity:Measure Development for the Quality Payment Program CMS is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for the development, improvement, updating, […]

CMS releases its Measures Under Consideration List for 2018 pre-rulemaking

By: Kate Goodrich, M.D., M.H.S., Director, Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, CMS Chief Medical Officer Medicare and other payers are rapidly moving toward a healthcare system that rewards high quality care while spending more wisely. Foundational to the success of these efforts is having quality measures that are meaningful to patients, consumers, and providers […]

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