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CMS Announces Primary Care Practices to Participate in Historic Public-Private Partnership to Strengthen Primary Care

In support of more effective, more affordable, higher quality health care, 500 primary care practices in seven regions have been selected to participate in a new partnership between payers from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), state Medicaid agencies, commercial health plans,  self-insured businesses, and primary care providers.
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HEALTH CARE LAW SAVED AN ESTIMATED $2.1 BILLION FOR CONSUMERS

The health care law – the Affordable Care Act – has saved consumers an estimated $2.1 billion on health insurance premiums according to a new report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services.
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NEW PROGRAM TO INCREASE QUALITY IN NURSING FACILITIES

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced seven cooperative agreement awards partnering with 145 nursing facilities to implement the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents.
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HEALTH CARE LAW DELIVERS HIGHER PAYMENTS TO PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the final rule implementing the part of the health care law that delivers higher payments to primary care physicians serving Medicaid beneficiaries.
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PARTNERSHIP FOR PATIENTS TO IMPROVE CARE AND LOWER COSTS FOR AMERICANS

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, joined by leaders of major hospitals, employers, health plans, physicians, nurses, and patient advocates, today announced the Partnership for Patients, a new national partnership that will help save 60,000 lives by stopping millions of preventable injuries and complications in patient care over the next three years.
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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 ANNOUNCES NEW INCENTIVES FOR PROVIDERS TO WORK TOGETHER THROUGH ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS

People with Medicare will be able to benefit from a new program designed to encourage primary care doctors, specialists, hospitals, and other health care providers to coordinate their care under a final regulation issued today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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