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CMS’ Open Payments posts full year of 2014 financial data

June
30

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today published 2014 Open Payments data about transfers of value by drug and medical device makers to health care providers. The data includes information about 11.4 million financial transactions attributed to over 600,000 physicians and more than 1,100 teaching hospitals, totaling $6.49 billion.

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Affordable Care Act payment model saves more than $25 million in first performance year

June
18

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced positive and promising results from the first performance year of the Independence at Home Demonstration, including both higher quality care and lower Medicare expenditures.    

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Administration increases transparency for consumers shopping for health insurance coverage

June
12

The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury today issued final regulations to make it easier for people and employers to compare their options when shopping for and renewing health insurance coverage.  These rules also implement streamlined processes to help health insurance issuers and group health plans provide consumers easy to understand information. 

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Medicare and Medicaid 50th Anniversary Count Down

June
10

Washington, D.C. – This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of the enactment of Amendments to the Social Security Act that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Over the next 50 days, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will recognize the impact these two programs have had in transforming our nation’s health care system. By sharing daily facts and posts on Twitter (@cmsgov) and Medicaid.gov, CMS will highlight people, places, and progress that represent the Medicare and Medicaid programs as we know today.

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CMS finalizes rules for Medicare Shared Savings Program

June
04

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released a final rule updating the Medicare Shared Savings Program to encourage the delivery of high-quality care for Medicare beneficiaries and build on the early successes of the program and of the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model.  This final rule is an effort to provide support for the care provider community in creating a delivery system with better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.

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