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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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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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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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CMS ANNOUNCES POLICY AND PAYMENT UPDATES FOR MEDICARE HOME HEALTH

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announces a 2.0 percent market basket update to Medicare’s calendar year (CY) 2010 home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) rates and modifications to the home health outlier policy.
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ROBUST MEDICARE HEALTH AND DRUG PLAN COVERAGE CONTINUES IN 2010 BENEFICIARY PROTECTIONS STRENGTHENED

Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare health and prescription drug plans will continue to have a wide range of plan options in 2010, and those beneficiaries who decide to change plans should find choosing a new plan simpler than in previous years.
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CMS ISSUES IMPROPER PAYMENT RATES FOR MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND SCHIP

CMS today reported it protected roughly $400 million of taxpayer dollars as improper payments for Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) decreased from 3.9 percent in Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 to 3.6 percent, or $10.4 billion, in FY 2008.
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MEDICARE REDUCES IMPROPER CLAIMS PAYMENTS BY HALF

Aggressive oversight and new improvement efforts have cut the number of improper fee-for-service Medicare claims payments by half in one year, from 10.1 percent in 2004 to 5.2 percent in 2005, a $9.5 billion reduction in improper payments, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., announced today.
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CMS ANNOUNCES MEDICARE IMPROPER PAYMENTS RATE FOR 2003

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the national Medicare improper payments rate for 2003, based on a new and expanded program for measuring the rate and helping prevent future errors.
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