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CMS Sends Clear Message to Plans: Stop Hiding Information from Patients

May
17

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to companies that provide Medicare prescription drug coverage in Part D explaining that so-called “gag clauses” are unacceptable, as part of the Administration-wide “American Patients First” initiative to lower prescription drug costs. 

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CMS Unveils Enhanced “Drug Dashboards” to Increase Transparency on Drug Prices

May
15

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a redesigned version of the Drug Spending Dashboards. For the first time, the dashboards include year-over-year information on drug pricing and highlight which manufactures have been increasing their prices.

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma Statement on ‘American Patients First’ Blueprint

May
11

CMS Administrator Seema Verma issued the following statement:

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CMS safeguards patient access to certain medical equipment and services in rural and other non-contiguous communities

May
09

On the heels of the Rural Health Strategy released yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an interim final rule with comment period (IFC) to increase the fee schedule rates from June 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, for certain durable medical equipment (DME) items and services and enteral nutrition furnished in rural and non-contiguous areas (Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories) of the country not subject to the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP).

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CMS Announces Agency’s First Rural Health Strategy

May
08

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the agency’s first Rural Health Strategy intended to provide a proactive approach on healthcare issues to ensure that the nearly one in five individuals who live in rural America have access to high quality, affordable healthcare.

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