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CMS Adds New Quality Measures to Nursing Home Compare

April
27

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added six new quality measures to its consumer-based Nursing Home Compare website (https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html). Three of these six new quality measures are based on Medicare-claims data submitted by hospitals, which is significant because this is the first time CMS is including quality measures that are not based solely on data that are self-reported by nursing homes.

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CMS releases Medicare Advantage quality data for racial and ethnic minorities

April
19

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health released data detailing the quality of care received by people with Medicare Advantage by racial or ethnic group.

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CMS launches largest-ever multi-payer initiative to improve primary care in America

April
11

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced its largest-ever initiative to transform and improve how primary care is delivered and paid for in America. The effort, the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model, will be implemented in up to 20 regions and can accommodate up to 5,000 practices, which would encompass more than 20,000 doctors and clinicians and the 25 million people they serve. The initiative is designed to provide doctors the freedom to care for their patients the way they think will deliver the best outcomes and to pay them for achieving results and improving care.

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Departments Finalize New Version of the Summary of Benefits and Coverage

April
06

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of the Treasury announced key enhancements to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) template and Uniform Glossary.  The improvements include an additional coverage example and language and terms to improve consumers’ understanding of their health coverage.  

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CMS finalizes 2017 payment and policy updates for Medicare Health and Drug Plans

April
04

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released the final Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Program changes for 2017 that seek to provide stable payments to plans, and make improvements to the program for plans that provide high quality care to the most vulnerable enrollees.

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