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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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ANPRM International Pricing Index Model for Medicare Part B Drugs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to implementing President Trump’s blueprint to lower drug costs and reduce out-of-pocket costs for patients. In line with the policies discussed in the President’s blueprint, the CMS is soliciting public comments on potential options we may consider for testing changes to payment for certain separately payable Part B drugs and biologicals (“drugs”).
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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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2019 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles

On October 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs.
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CMS announces 2019 Medicare Parts A & B premiums and deductibles

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for Medicare Parts A and B.
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CMS announces new streamlined user experience for Medicare beneficiaries

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a multi-year initiative that will empower patients and update Medicare resources to meet beneficiaries’ expectation of a more personalized customer experience.
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Medicare Advantage Prior Authorization and Step Therapy for Part B Drugs

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced much-needed competition and negotiation into the market for physician-administered and other Part B medications that will result in better deals and lower drug costs for patients. As part of the agency’s ongoing activities to deliver on President Trump’s promises outlined in his American Patients First Blueprint, CMS will provide Medicare Advantage plans the option of applying step therapy for physician-administered and other Part B drugs in a way that lowers costs and improves the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.
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Speech: Medicare Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the Commonwealth Club of California

I’d like to talk to you about things on which we all agree, like the future of our healthcare system, and Medicare. And if we have time we can touch quickly on world peace before we all leave.
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CMS Empowers Patients and Ensures Site-Neutral Payment in Proposed Rule

Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) & Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) proposed rule advances CMS commitment to increasing transparency and lowering drug prices.
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CMS proposes Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System changes for 2019 (CMS-1695-P)

On July 25, 2018, CMS proposed changes that would encourage site-neutral payment between sites of services and make healthcare prices more transparent for patients so that they can be more informed about out-of-pocket costs.
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