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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 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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NEW DRUG COVERAGE IN ARIZONA TO INCLUDE OPTIONS FOR ADDITIONAL BENEFITS AND SAVING MONEY

People with Medicare in Arizona will have a range of choices for prescription drug coverage to suit their individual needs, including plans that help save money or offer more coverage than Medicare’s standard drug benefit, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today.
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CMS ADMINISTRATOR TOM SCULLY TO STEP DOWN DEC. 15

CMS Administrator Tom Scully announced today he will resign effective Dec. 15, following three years at the helm of the nation’s second and third-largest domestic programs, Medicare and Medicaid.
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HOME HEALTH AGENCIES SHARE $15 MILLION IN SAVINGS FROM CMS QUALITY DEMONSTRATION

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced it will share nearly $15 million in additional savings with more than 100 Home Health Agencies (HHAs) that participated in the intervention group of the two-year Medicare Home Health Pay for Performance (HHP4P) demonstration.
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CMS ANNOUNCES MORE ACCURATE FY 2012 PAYMENTS FOR MEDICARE SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a final rule reducing Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) payments in FY 2012 by $3.87 billion, or 11.1 percent lower than payments for FY 2011.
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CMS LAUNCHES TOOLS AND INITIATIVES TO HELP IMPROVE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE QUALITY

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new tool for patients and caregivers and other enhanced initiatives today to empower consumers to make informed choices about their health care, and to help improve the quality of care in America’s hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices, and other health care settings.
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