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More than 10 million people with Medicare have saved over $20 billion on prescription drugs since 2010

February
08

The Department of Health and Human Services released today new information that shows that millions of seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare continue to save on prescription drugs and see improved benefits in 2015 as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Nearly 10.7 million Medicare beneficiaries have received discounts over $20.8 billion on prescription drugs – an average of $1,945 per beneficiary – since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. In 2015 alone, nearly 5.

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New Proposal to Give Providers and Employers Access to Information to Drive Quality and Patient Care Improvement

January
29

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today proposed rules that will expand access to analyses and data that will help providers, employers, and others make more informed decisions about care delivery. The new rules, as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), will allow organizations approved as qualified entities to confidentially share or sell analyses of Medicare and private sector claims data to providers, employers, and other groups who can use the data to support improved care.

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CMS Announces Proposed Improvements to Medicare Shared Savings Program

January
28

"Medicare payments are an important catalyst to improving care delivery, spending our resources smarter and keeping people healthy," said Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator for CMS. "This proposal allows ACOs in all parts of the country to be successful by recognizing both their achievements and improvements in how they provide care. This should have the effect of growing the number of ACOs, and making ACOs and the coordinated care they provide to patients, more of a standard in all parts of the country.

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CMS Releases First Ever Home Health Patient Experience of Care Star Ratings

January
28

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced the first patient experience of care star ratings on Home Health Compare (https://www.medicare.gov/homehealthcompare/search.html). Known as Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) Survey star ratings, these measures evaluate patients’ experiences with home health agencies.

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CMS Releases Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries

January
26

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH), released a new Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries.

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