When facing any policy issue, it helps to take a step back and run it through the lens of common-sense. Can you imagine going to the grocery store, getting the groceries you need for the week, but never knowing the price of your items until a week later when the store sends you a bill? Sadly, that’s how health care works every day.
From day one, President Trump has made it clear that lowering prescription drug costs is a top priority. In May, the President released his drug-pricing blueprint, which includes the most sweeping set of policies to lower drug prices ever put forth by an administration. HHS has been hard at work to make the President’s vision a reality – because the status quo is simply unacceptable.
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report that demonstrates how empowering states can help reduce costs.
One of my commitments as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is to ensure we remain steadfast in our commitment to strengthen Medicare by making sure that tax dollars are spent appropriately.
Today is National Rural Health Day, an important day for all of us at CMS and, more importantly, for the work we do every day to improve the health of those living in our nation’s rural communities.
Earlier this year, we released preliminary participation data on clinicians eligible to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This program was a big change for many clinicians, and this year we saw a high participation rate and an emphasis on working to improve outcomes for our beneficiaries.