On August 2, 2018, CMS issued a final rule to help empower patients through better access to hospital price information, improve the use of electronic health records, and make it easier for providers to spend time with their patients.
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.
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed transformative changes to the payment systems for services furnished by a range of medical facilities. The agency’s proposed payment rules also set out to continue to modernize Medicare through innovation in skilled nursing facility payment.
On October 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that updates payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2015.