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

Taxes and Health Care Coverage: Five Tips for Tax Filers

By: Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplaces, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Last year, millions of people purchased quality, affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, and most benefitted from advance payments of the premium tax credit that lowered their monthly premiums. With the tax filing deadline a few weeks away, it’s a good time to remind everyone – both new and renewing consumers – about what they need to know when they file their taxes.

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt’s Comments at Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) During Panel Discussion with Karen DeSalvo, MD, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health

I love working with Karen De Salvo. She can talk in half sentences and I can finish them. We’ve naturally been working together for months on some of the initiatives we’re talking about here, and always check in to compare facts, see if we’re seeing the same thing. We went into these speeches in perfect harmony on what needs to be done.

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt’s Comments before the Federation of American Hospitals

Welcome to Washington! I could tell you stories… Not long ago I was where you were– in the private sector attending conferences. Now, after a lot of years in health care, I ended up here where I find myself focused on the role CMS can play to be a productive and simplifying force at a time when all of us in health care are going through substantial and dramatic changes. Newly eligible consumers … different payment models … technology advances … more care integration … new requirements.

The New Special Enrollment Confirmation Process

Kevin Counihan, Health Insurance Marketplace CEO and Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., CMS Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Program Integrity
As the Marketplace continues to grow and mature, we continue to monitor the health of the Marketplace and are looking for ways to make improvements – whether that’s creating new decision support tools to help consumers choose the right plan, strengthening risk adjustment, or clarifying the rules of the road for special enrollment periods, as we did several weeks ago.

Lessons Learned: Reflections on CMS and the Successful Implementation of ICD-10

by Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt
It was early 2015 and we had just gotten through a second successful season with, the turnaround that originally brought me into government, when the articles and letters started flying on our next big implementation – one that would affect nearly every physician and hospital in the country. And, anxiety levels were high.

CMS Acting Administrator Comments before the American Medical Association

Below are the comments as prepared for delivery of CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt at the American Medical Association’s National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. on February 23, 2016.
Thanks for the introduction and the opportunity to be here. You know, last year I began every speech talking about my first year on the job and our big plans for CMS in playing our part in moving the health system forward. All of the sudden, come January, I find myself thinking that it’s in all probability my last year, and focusing on what that means.