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REPORT SHOWS LOWER COSTS IN MEDICARE DUE TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

The Medicare Program will save over $200 billion through 2016 due to the Affordable Care Act, and beneficiaries in traditional Medicare will enjoy $59.4 billion in lower costs, according to a report released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
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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 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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CMS PROPOSES PAYMENT CHANGES FOR HOME HEALTH SERVICES TO PROTECT BENEFICIARIES AND MEDICARE

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a proposed 2.2 percent home health market basket update to the home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) rates for calendar year (CY) 2010.
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MEDICARE CONTINUES TO REDUCE IMPROPER CLAIMS PAYMENTS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that aggressive oversight efforts have resulted in a further reduction of the number of improper Medicare claims payments, which declined from 14.2 percent in 1996, to 4.4 percent in 2006, to 3.9 percent in 2007.
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CMS PROPOSES PAYMENT INCREASES, POLICY REFINEMENTS FOR INPATIENT REHABILITATION FACILITIES

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today proposed its inpatient rehabilitation facility payment (IRF) rule for 2006 to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have access to intensive inpatient rehabilitation services when they are needed.
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PROPOSED NURSING HOME PAYMENT REFORMS INCREASE ACCURACY, PREDICTABILITY OF PAYMENT

New Medicare nursing home payment rates for fiscal 2006, proposed today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will refine the way nursing homes are paid to ensure quality, efficiency, and accuracy of payments, without reducing revenue for the industry.
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MEDICARE IMPROVES ACCESS TO POWER WHEELCHAIRS AND SCOOTERS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced new national coverage criteria for mobility assistive equipment (MAE) including power wheelchairs and scooters.
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CMS PROPOSES NEW COVERAGE CRITERIA FOR WHEELCHAIRS, SCOOTERS

In its continuing effort to improve Medicare coverage and payment for power wheelchairs and scooters, while protecting the Medicare program and taxpayers from abuse, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released draft coverage criteria for these devices, as well as new codes to ensure proper payment.
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CMS ADMINISTRATOR TOM SCULLY TO STEP DOWN DEC. 15

CMS Administrator Tom Scully announced today he will resign effective Dec. 15, following three years at the helm of the nation’s second and third-largest domestic programs, Medicare and Medicaid.
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