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

Plans for the Quality Payment Program in 2017: Pick Your Pace

By Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of CMS
As the baby boom generation ages, 10,000 people enter the Medicare program each day. Facing that demand, it is essential that Medicare continues to support physicians in delivering high-quality patient care. This includes increasing its focus on patient outcomes and reducing the obstacles that make it harder for physicians to practice good care.

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.