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CMS Approves Arizona’s Medicaid Community Engagement Demonstration Amendment

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Arizona’s request for an amendment to add a community engagement requirement to its section 1115 Medicaid demonstration project, entitled “Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).”
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CMS achieved improper payment rate reductions in Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS), Medicare Part C, Medicare Part D, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program

CMS has implemented several initiatives to address improper payments, resulting in this being the first year in improper payment reporting history that the Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS), Medicare Part C, Medicare Part D, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program achieved reductions in all five programs’ improper payment rates.
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CMS Announces New Medicaid Demonstration Opportunity to Expand Mental Health Treatment Services

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to State Medicaid Directors that outlines both existing and new opportunities for states to design innovative service delivery systems for adults with serious mental illness (SMI) and children with serious emotional disturbance (SED).
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CMS Proposes Changes to Streamline and Strengthen Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Regulations

Proposed Rule Continues Commitment to Promote Flexibility, Strengthen Accountability, and Maintain and Enhance Program Integrity in Medicaid and CHIP
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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM); Medicaid Program; Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Managed Care (CMS-2408-P)

In 2016, CMS issued a final rule that was a comprehensive rewrite of the Medicaid and CHIP managed care regulations to better align managed care rules with other health care coverage programs.
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Speech: Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) 2018 National Conference on Medicare

Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) 2018 National Conference on Medicare
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CMS Releases Formal Approach to Ensure Medicaid Demonstrations Remain Budget Neutral

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a letter to State Medicaid Directors that clearly describes CMS’s current approach to calculating budget neutrality expenditure limits for Medicaid section 1115 demonstration projects.
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CMS Streamlines Medicaid Review Process, Achieves Significant Reduction in Approval Times

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced significant improvements in managing the Medicaid program in partnership with states.  Identified early as a priority for both the Trump Administration and the National Association of Medicaid Director’s (NAMD), CMS has implemented changes resulting in faster processing of state requests to make program or benefit changes to their Medicaid program through the state plan amendment (SPA) and section 1915 waiver review process.  
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SPEECH: Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the ONC Interoperability Forum in Washington, DC

(As prepared for delivery – August 6, 2018)
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