Consumer research has shown that summary quality measures and the use of symbols, such as stars, to represent performance are valuable to consumers. Star ratings can help consumers more quickly identify differences in quality and make use of the information when selecting a health care provider.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced changes to the Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) for calendar year (CY) 2015 that will foster greater efficiency, flexibility, payment accuracy, and improved quality.
On January 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a request for applications (RFAs) for the Frontier Community Health Integration Project, which aims to develop and test new models to improve health outcomes and the delivery of health care in certain rural counties by better integrating services in very sparsely populated areas.
Prescription drug abuse is a serious and growing problem nationwide. Unfortunately, the Medicare Part D prescription drug program (Part D) is not immune from the abuses associated with this nationwide epidemic.