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HHS launches innovative payment model with new treatment and transport options to more appropriately and effectively meet beneficiaries’ emergency needs

Today, HHS and CMS announced a new payment model for emergency ambulance services that aims to allow Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries to receive the most appropriate level of care at the right time and place with the potential for lower out-of-pocket costs. 
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CMS strengthens federal support to California residents affected by wildfires

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma today announced that the agency has taken steps and is monitoring conditions in support of California residents displaced and recovering from the wildfires destroying portions of the state.
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CMS Acts to Help with Typhoon Yutu Emergency Response

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that the agency has acted to support the Northern Mariana Islands in response to Typhoon Yutu. This week, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency (PHE) in the Northern Mariana Islands.
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CMS Acts to help with Hurricane Michael Emergency Response

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that the agency has acted to support Georgia in response to Hurricane Michael. Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency (PHE) in Georgia.
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CMS Finalizes Changes to Empower Patients and Reduce Administrative Burden

Changes in the Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System final rule will advance price transparency and electronic health records.
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Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System Final Rule (CMS-1694-F)

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.
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CMS Takes Action to Modernize Medicare Home Health

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed significant changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System to strengthen and modernize Medicare, drive value, and focus on individual patient needs rather than volume of care.
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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.
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Speech: Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Spring Conference

Welcome to CMS and thanks for joining us today, as we look ahead to 2019 for the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs. It’s a pleasure to be here with you and to provide an update on all that we have been doing to strengthen and improve these important programs for our nation’s seniors and the disabled.
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CMS Drives Patient-Centered Care over Paperwork in Proposals to Modernize Medicareand Reduce Burden

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.
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