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CMS makes improvements to Medicare drug and health plans

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued final regulations (CMS-4159-F) for the Medicare Advantage and prescription drug benefit (Part D) programs that continue efforts to curb fraud and abuse and to improve benefits and the quality of care for seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in these programs.
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HEALTH CARE LAW PROTECTS AGAINST FRAUD, SAVES NEARLY $1.6 BILLION

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule today that prevents fraud in Medicare and is estimated to save taxpayers nearly $1.6 billion over 10 years.
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THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: STRENGTHENING MEDICARE IN 2011

In 2011, millions of seniors and people with disabilities enjoyed lower costs and improved benefits thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  This report details how over 25.7 million Americans in traditional Medicare received free preventive services in 2011.
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CMS PROPOSES IMPROVEMENTS TO MEDICARE

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has proposed revisions to the Medicare Advantage program and prescription drug benefit program (Part D) that would implement new benefits under the Affordable Care Act and increase patient protections.
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VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCES OVER $2 BILLION IN ANTI-WASTE MEASURES AT CABINET MEETING

At the White House today, Vice President Biden convened a cabinet meeting to discuss waste reduction at federal agencies as part of the administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste.
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NEW TECHNOLOGY TO HELP FIGHT MEDICARE FRAUD

On the heels of the White House launch of the Campaign to Cut Waste - an administration wide initiative to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that starting July 1, it will begin using innovative predictive modeling technology to fight Medicare fraud.
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NEW STANDARDS HELPING LOWER MEDICARE IMPROPER PAYMENT RATES FOR 2010

Following the Obama Administration’s work to more accurately account for improper payments and a renewed focus on fighting waste, fraud and abuse, the 2010 error rate for Medicare claims declined in 2010 and is on track for a 50 percent reduction by 2012.
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HHS, CMS AND THE ADMINISTRATION ON AGING LAUNCH FRAUD PREVENTION EDUCATION CAMPAIGN

As eligible seniors who have entered the Medicare Part D donut hole this year begin to receive their tax-free, one time rebate check for $250 starting this Thursday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and senior officials from the Administration on Aging and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today launched a national education effort to ensure that seniors have the information they need to protect themselves from potential scams or fraud when it comes to their Medicare benefits.
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HHS EMPLOYS NEW TOUGHER STANDARDS IN CALCULATION OF IMPROPER MEDICARE PAYMENT RATES FOR 2009

As part of the Obama Administration's goal of reducing waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) significantly revised and improved its calculations of Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) error rates in 2009, reflecting a more complete accounting of Medicare's improper payments than in past years.
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