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Speech: Medicare Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the Commonwealth Club of California

I’d like to talk to you about things on which we all agree, like the future of our healthcare system, and Medicare. And if we have time we can touch quickly on world peace before we all leave.
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CMS Empowers Patients and Ensures Site-Neutral Payment in Proposed Rule

Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) & Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) proposed rule advances CMS commitment to increasing transparency and lowering drug prices.
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CMS ANNOUNCES PAYMENT UPDATE AND POLICY CHANGES FOR MEDICARE PHYSICIAN FEE SCHEDULE

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expects to pay approximately $57.6 billion to 875,000 physicians and other health care professionals in 2006, according to a final rule released today that will update payment rates and revise payment policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
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MEDICARE ANNOUNCES NEW STRATEGY FOR ANEMIA MANAGEMENT FOR DIALYSIS PATIENTS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a national strategy for monitoring claims for the drugs epoetin alfa (Epogen®) and darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp®) for anemia management in patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and who are dialyzed in renal facilities.
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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 ANNOUNCES AN ADDITIONAL SITE FOR DEMONSTRATION FOR BENEFICIARIES WITH END STAGE RENAL DISEASE

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that it has selected an additional organization, Evercare of Georgia, a United Healthcare product, to participate in a new demonstration that will increase the opportunity for Medicare beneficiaries with end stage renal disease (ESRD) to join managed care plans.
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AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PROGRAM TO IMPROVE HOSPITAL CARE FOR PATIENTS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a proposed rule that would establish a new hospital value-based purchasing program that would reward hospitals for providing high quality, safe care for patients.
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