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

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.


Remarks of CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt at the Marketplace Innovation Conference

Welcome. And thank you for coming to a session that allows us to look at a deeper level at what is happening inside the Health Insurance Marketplace. And I’m not talking about what’s in the headlines, but below the surface– what’s happening with millions of Americans as they get coverage– many for the first time– and also how the system is adapting. At the same time, the consumer is beginning through the Marketplace to shape many of the changes in health care as they make decisions about the coverage and care they want.


Marketplace Success Stories

By Kevin Counihan, Health Insurance Marketplace CEO 
Three years in, the Health Insurance Marketplace is a competitive, growing and dynamic platform – a transparent market where issuers compete on price and quality, and people across the country are finding health plans that meet their needs, and their budgets.


The Proof is in the Numbers: DMEPOS and Health Outcomes Data

By Sean Cavanaugh, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicare
When the Medicare program implements changes to how it pays for medical care or equipment, CMS monitors to make sure that any adjustments meet our goals of preserving access to care and facilitating better health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries.


Pitching Medicaid IT in Silicon Valley

By Andy Slavitt, CMS Acting Administrator @aslavitt 
Earlier this year, I announced a new effort to connect new, innovative companies and their investors to the state Medicaid program IT space. Since this announcement, I have been encouraged by the initial interest from companies that may not have otherwise ever thought about participating in this important health insurance program that covers more than 72 million Americans.  


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