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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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MEDICARE ANNOUNCES 2011 FUNDING FOR STATE HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that nearly $46.5 million for basic grant funding will be distributed to State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) on April 1, 2011, to help people with Medicare, and those who care for them, receive information and counseling about their health benefits and choices.
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CMS PROPOSES TO EXPAND ACCESS TO SEASONAL INFLUENZA IMMUNIZATION

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today proposed new requirements for Medicare-certified providers that are designed to expand access to seasonal influenza vaccination.
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CMS PROPOSES POLICY CHANGES AND PAYMENT UPDATES FOR DIALYSIS FACILITIES IN 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a proposed rule that would update Medicare policies and payment rates for 5,304 dialysis facilities paid under a new bundled Prospective Payment System (PPS) that was implemented in calendar year (CY) 2011.
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