Welcome to CMS and thanks for joining us today, as we look ahead to 2019 for the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs. It’s a pleasure to be here with you and to provide an update on all that we have been doing to strengthen and improve these important programs for our nation’s seniors and the disabled.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) to provide beneficiaries, and their caregivers and providers, with greater flexibility when facing a life-limiting illness. MCCM provides Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for the Medicare hospice benefit, (and dually eligible beneficiaries who may qualify for the Medicaid hospice benefit in their state), the option to receive supportive care services typically furnished under the Medicare hospice benefit, while continuing to receive care from other Medicare providers for their terminal condition.
A statewide effort to improve care for patients with diabetes across Mississippi, particularly for patients considered to be “medically underserved ,” is being announced today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The initiative is called the Mississippi Health First Collaborative.