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CMS Patient Safety Efforts and the AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions

In working toward a healthcare system that brings down costs and improves the quality of patient care, CMS supports multiple programs and initiatives focused on making care safer. Among them are the Quality Improvement Network - Quality Improvement Organizations, activities of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks, and the ESRD Network Program.
Fact Sheet

Better Care, Smarter Spending, Healthier People: Improving Our Health Care Delivery System

Improving the quality and affordability of care received by Americans is, alongside increasing access to it, a core pillar of the Affordable Care Act.
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Lower Costs, Better Care: Reforming Our Health Care Delivery System

Fixing America’s health care system doesn’t stop with guaranteeing that everyone has coverage.
Fact Sheet

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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CMS PROPOSES NEW PROSPECTIVE PAYMENT SYSTEM FOR RENAL DIALYSIS FACILITIES

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today proposed a new prospective payment system (PPS) for facilities that provide dialysis services to Medicare beneficiaries who have end-stage renal disease (ESRD). 
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CMS PROPOSES POLICY, PAYMENT RATE CHANGES FOR SERVICES IN HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENTS AND

Hospitals would be able to bill Medicare for pulmonary and intensive cardiac rehabilitation services furnished in outpatient departments beginning January 1, 2010 under a proposed rule issued today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
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CMS LAUNCHES “FISTULA FIRST” INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE CARE AND QUALITY OF LIFE FOR HEMODIALYSIS PATIENTS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today it is leading a national initiative to increase the use of fistulas in providing hemodialysis for Medicare beneficiaries with kidney failure, which is also known as end stage renal disease (ESRD).
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