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OVERALL HEALTH CARE COST GROWTH PROJECTIONS SLOW FROM 2003 MEDICARE DRUG COVERAGE EXPECTED TO LOWER PRICES

The rate of health care spending in the United States is projected to grow 7.5 percent in 2004, down from the 7.7 percent growth experienced in 2003, according to a report issued today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
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MEDICARE REDUCES IMPROPER CLAIMS PAYMENTS BY HALF

Aggressive oversight and new improvement efforts have cut the number of improper fee-for-service Medicare claims payments by half in one year, from 10.1 percent in 2004 to 5.2 percent in 2005, a $9.5 billion reduction in improper payments, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., announced today.
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CMS Releases Enhanced Drug Dashboards Updated with Data for 2018

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new 2018 data and significantly enhanced its Drug Spending Dashboards in the most comprehensive update of the consumer tools to date.
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VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCES OVER $2 BILLION IN ANTI-WASTE MEASURES AT CABINET MEETING

At the White House today, Vice President Biden convened a cabinet meeting to discuss waste reduction at federal agencies as part of the administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste.
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AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PROGRAM TO HELP HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS IMPROVE CARE FOR PATIENTS AND REDUCE COSTS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it was accepting applications for a new Innovation Advisors program to help health professionals deepen skills that will drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs.
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HHS RESCINDS MEDICAID REGULATIONS

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MEDICARE LAUNCHES MISSISSIPPI HEALTH FIRST COLLABORATIVE FOR DIABETES CARE IN COMMUNITY SETTINGS

A statewide effort to improve care for patients with diabetes across Mississippi, particularly for patients considered to be “medically underserved ,” is being announced today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  The initiative is called the Mississippi Health First Collaborative.
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HHS EMPLOYS NEW TOUGHER STANDARDS IN CALCULATION OF IMPROPER MEDICARE PAYMENT RATES FOR 2009

As part of the Obama Administration's goal of reducing waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) significantly revised and improved its calculations of Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) error rates in 2009, reflecting a more complete accounting of Medicare's improper payments than in past years.
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