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

Delivering on the Promise of Better Care for Older Adults

By Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Since becoming acting administrator, I have spoken frequently about to the importance of moving to the next chapter in implementing the Affordable Care Act. This new chapter goes beyond providing people with quality, affordable coverage – but making sure that we are delivering patient-centered care to all consumers at critical stages of their lives.


$42 Billion Saved in Medicare and Medicaid Primarily Through Prevention

By Shantanu Agrawal, M.D. Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Program Integrity
Today, CMS released a report showing that investments made in program integrity activities – which include stamping out fraud and deterring and reducing other improper payments – pay off for taxpayers and beneficiaries.  From October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2014 (Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 and FY 2014), every dollar invested in CMS’ Medicare program integrity efforts saved $12.40 for the Medicare program.


Focusing on Primary Care for Better Health

By Andy Slavitt, CMS Acting Administrator (@aslavitt) and
Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer
In the United States, we have historically invested far more in treating sickness than we do in maintaining health. The result of this imbalance is not only poorer health, but more money spent in institutions, hospitals, and nursing homes.


CMS Releases Third Year of Open Payments Data

By Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., CMS Deputy Administrator for Program Integrity
On June 30, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the Open Payments data for program year 2015, along with newly submitted and updated 2013 and 2014 records.  Open Payments (sometimes called the “Sunshine Act”) is a national program, required by the Affordable Care Act, that promotes CMS’ commitment to transparency by providing data on the financial relationships between the health care industry – including pharmaceutical and medical companies – and health care providers.


Advancing Health Equity for Sexual and Gender Minorities

By: Cara V. James, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Each June we celebrate National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month by increasing awareness of sexual and gender minority populations’ health disparities and advances in promoting health equity for all.


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