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CMS Releases 2015 National Health Expenditures

December
02

In 2015, per-capita health care spending grew by 5.0 percent and overall health spending grew by 5.8 percent, according to a study by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published today as a Web First by Health Affairs. Those annual rates continue to be below the rates of most years prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act. And, even as millions of people gained coverage, per-enrollee spending growth in private health insurance and Medicare continue to be well below the average in the decade before passage of the Affordable Care Act.

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CMS launches new online tool to make Quality Payment Program easier for clinicians

10 November
17

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a tool to share automatically electronic data for the Medicare Quality Payment Program. This new release is the first in a series that will be part of CMS’s ongoing efforts to spur the creation of innovative, customizable tools to reduce burden for clinicians, while also supporting high-quality care for patients.

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2017 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles Announced

November
10

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2017 premiums for the Medicare inpatient hospital (Part A) and physician and outpatient hospital services (Part B) programs.

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CMS and Indian Health Service expand collaboration to improve health care in hospitals

November
10

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now includes Indian Health Service (IHS) Hospitals in the nationwide Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks (HIINs) contract for public and private sector hospitals to reduce adverse events by 20 percent and hospital readmissions by 12 percent. This commitment to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health care is part of ongoing CMS and IHS work to address issues in hospitals before they can affect patients.

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CMS Announces $66.1 Million to Support Zika Prevention & Treatment Services

November
09

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a funding opportunity providing up to $66.1 million available to support prevention activities and treatment services for health conditions related to the Zika virus. Congress authorized this funding in the Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (P.L. 114-223).

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