Articles from The CMS Blog: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Increasing Transparency in Health Care with Open Payments

By Ted Doolittle, Deputy Director, CMS Center for Program Integrity
At the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, we are committed to transparency. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we have powerful new tools to advance transparency in health care and provide consumers with the information necessary to make informed choices. I’m pleased to share today the latest steps we are taking to bring accountability to health care under our national Open Payments program (commonly known as the Physician Payments Sunshine Act).


Medicare’s delivery system reform initiatives achieve significant savings and quality improvements – off to a strong start

The Affordable Care Act is providing millions of Americans with access to quality, affordable health coverage—many for the very first time. But fixing America’s health care system means making health care affordable and high quality, as well as accessible.
Results we’ve released today show the progress we’ve made on slowing the rise in health care spending—bending the cost curve—while improving health care quality.


Combating fraud and abuse in the Medicare Prescription Drug Program

By Jonathan Blum, CMS Principal Deputy Administrator
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) takes prescription drug abuse very seriously and actively works to detect and prevent fraud and abuse in order to protect the Medicare program, its beneficiaries, and taxpayers.
The Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit provides prescription drug coverage to more than 39 million seniors. CMS strives to ensure that beneficiaries have the medications they need while at the same time is being vigilant to safeguard the program from inappropriate use. 


New Data Shows Affordable Care Act Reforms Are Leading to Lower Hospital Readmission Rates for Medicare Beneficiaries

Being re-hospitalized shortly after being discharged is an unpleasant experience for patients. It’s also costly for patients, insurance companies and other payers, and—if the patient is a Medicare beneficiary—taxpayers, too. High readmission rates – the percentage of inpatient discharges where a re-hospitalization occurred – can also be a sign of low-quality care. It often means there may have been unclear instructions to patients or lack of follow-up care.


CMS Releases Latest Value-Based Purchasing Program Scorecard

By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Centers for Clinical Standards and Quality
On November 14, for the second year in a row, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted Hospital Value-Based Purchasing payment incentive adjustment factors for fiscal year 2014. We think this second anniversary deserves recognition—it’s a sign that value-based purchasing in Medicare is becoming routine.


Virtual Research Data Center Offers Secure Timely Access to Data at Lower Cost

By Niall Brennan, Acting Director, Offices of Enterprise Management
One of the Obama administration’s top priorities is to make healthcare affordable through better quality and more efficient delivery.  But a thoughtful approach to health system transformation requires the country’s best minds working on it, using the most comprehensive, up-to-date evidence available.


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