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Speech: Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the Health Datapalooza

Thank you Lisa for that kind introduction and for convening this meeting. I know that AcademyHealth has been a leader in promoting innovation and research in healthcare. So thank you all for joining us as we focus on Fueling the Engine of Innovation by Unleashing the Power of Data.
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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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CMS Announces Agency’s First Rural Health Strategy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched the agency’s first Rural Health Strategy to help improve access to high quality, affordable healthcare in rural communities. The strategy is intended to provide a proactive and strategic focus on healthcare issues across rural America.
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CMS safeguards patient access to certain medical equipment and servicesin rural and other non-contiguous communities

On the heels of the Rural Health Strategy released yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued an interim final rule with comment period to increase the fee schedule rates from June 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, for certain durable medical equipment items and services.
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma Statement on ‘American Patients First’ Blueprint

I am honored to work for a President who is unafraid to take bold actions to put American patients first. Americans, especially our seniors, feel the pain from skyrocketing drug prices. In our system, everyone is winning except for the patient.
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CMS Unveils Enhanced “Drug Dashboards” to Increase Transparency on Drug Prices

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a redesigned version of the Drug Spending Dashboards. For the first time, the dashboards include year-over-year information on drug pricing and highlight which manufactures have been increasing their prices.
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CMS Sends Clear Message to Plans: Stop Hiding Information from Patients

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent a letter to companies that provide Medicare prescription drug coverage in Part D explaining that so-called “gag clauses” are unacceptable, as part of the Administration-wide “American Patients First” initiative to lower prescription drug costs.
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CMS Unveils Scorecard to Deliver New Level of Transparency within Medicaid and CHIP Program

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the first ever Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Scorecard, a central component of the Administration’s commitment to modernize the Medicaid and CHIP program through greater transparency and accountability for the program’s outcomes.
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CMS creates new chief data officer post

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