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HHS ANNOUNCES NEW INCENTIVES FOR PROVIDERS TO WORK TOGETHER THROUGH ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS

People with Medicare will be able to benefit from a new program designed to encourage primary care doctors, specialists, hospitals, and other health care providers to coordinate their care under a final regulation issued today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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CMS PROPOSES TO EXPAND ACCESS TO SEASONAL INFLUENZA IMMUNIZATION

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today proposed new requirements for Medicare-certified providers that are designed to expand access to seasonal influenza vaccination.
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MEDICARE PROPOSES NEW RULES FOR NOTIFYING BENEFICIARIES OF THEIR RIGHT TO LODGE QUALITY OF CARE COMPLAINTS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule today that would require most Medicare-participating providers and suppliers to give Medicare beneficiaries written notice about their right to contact a Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) with concerns about the quality of care they receive under the Medicare program.
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CMS ADOPTS POLICY, PAYMENT RATE CHANGES FOR SERVICES IN HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENTS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that most hospitals will receive an inflation update of 2.1 percent in their payment rates for services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries in outpatient departments.
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MEDICARE LAUNCHES MISSISSIPPI HEALTH FIRST COLLABORATIVE FOR DIABETES CARE IN COMMUNITY SETTINGS

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.
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CMS REQUIRES CERTAIN TYPES OF MEDICAL CENTERS AND FACILITIES TO SUBMIT COST REPORTS IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced it will require certain types of medical centers and facilities to submit their annual Medicare cost reports in an electronic format, starting in May 2005.
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