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CMS leverages Medicaid Program to combat the Opioid crisis

June
11

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS released guidance aimed at building on our commitment to partner with states to ensure that they have flexibilities and the tools necessary to combat the opioid crisis.  This new guidance provides information to states on the tools available to them, describes the types of approaches they can use to combat this crisis, ensures states know what resources are available, and articulates promising practices for addressing the needs of beneficiaries facing opioid addiction.

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Medicare Trustees Report shows lower spending projections for Medicare Part D

June
05

Today, the Medicare Board of Trustees released their annual report for Medicare’s two separate trust funds -- the Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund and the Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Fund. Findings revealed that Part D drug spending projections are lower than in last year’s report because of higher manufacturer rebates, a decline in spending for Hepatitis C drugs, and a slowdown in spending growth for diabetes drugs.

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Declines in Hospital-Acquired Conditions Save 8,000 Lives and $2.9 Billion in Costs

June
05

Data released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) show continued progress in improving patient safety, a signal that initiatives led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are helping to make care safer. National efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions, such as adverse drug events and injuries from falls helped prevent an estimated 8,000 deaths and save $2.9 billion between 2014 and 2016, according to the report.

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CMS Unveils Scorecard to Deliver New Level of Transparency within Medicaid and CHIP Program

June
04

“Despite providing health coverage to more than 75 million Americans at a taxpayer cost of more than $558 billion a year, we have lacked transparency in the performance and outcomes of this critical program.” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “The Scorecard will be used to track and display progress being made throughout and across the Medicaid and CHIP programs, so others can learn from the successes of high performing states. By using meaningful data and fostering transparency, we will see the development of best practices that lead to positive health outcomes for our most vulnerable populations.

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MEDICARE MANAGED CARE PLAN OFFERED IN TWO GEORGIA COUNTIES INCLUDING CITY OF ATLANTA

December
21

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved a request by Humana Insurance Co. to offer managed care coverage to Medicare beneficiaries in DeKalb and Fulton counties in Georgia including the city of Atlanta.

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