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

Medicaid: Keeping Moms Healthy

By: Patrick Conway, M.D., Principal Deputy Administrator and CMS Chief Medical Officer and Vikki Wachino CMS Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS)
More than any other health insurance program, Medicaid plays a key role in promoting the health of new mothers. Covering roughly half of births, Medicaid is there for new moms and their babies right from the beginning. We’re excited to showcase two ways that Medicaid can help get new moms and their babies off to the best possible start.

Acting Administrator Slavitt Speech at Datapalooza

Below are the prepared remarks of CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt at Datapalooza on May 10, 2016. Follow Andy on Twitter, @aslavitt. 
There’s a bit of a checklist for speaking at Datapalooza. Thank Niall. Mention Todd Park. Remark at how big the event has gotten compared to last year. Recap how much progress has been made. Refer to yourself as a “data geek” . Also, have in my notes “Good not to follow Farzad or Aneesh” . Perhaps even make some news with an announcement or grant or contest. Several of my colleagues did this and I share their excitement.

Improving the Marketplace through Innovation

By: Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplace
The Health Insurance Marketplace has become a reliable source of health insurance coverage for millions of Americans, many of whom used to be locked out of coverage because it was either unaffordable or because of a preexisting condition. Thanks to the combination of the Health Insurance Marketplace, expanded Medicaid, and other provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the share of Americans without health insurance has fallen to the lowest it’s ever been.

CMS Finalizes its Quality Measure Development Plan

By: Kate Goodrich, M.D., M.H.S., Director, Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, CMS
On December 18, 2015, we posted our draft Quality Measure Development Plan, a strategic framework for clinician quality measurement development to support the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and advanced alternative payment models (APMs). Through March 1, 2016, we asked for stakeholder feedback and received responses from 60 individuals and 150 organizations.