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Building on the Success of the ACO Model

Monday, 09 March 2015 08:00
March 10 By Patrick Conway, M.D., Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services On March 10, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched a new Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center known as the Next Generation ACO Model.
CMS announces release of 2015 Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report
Sunday, 01 March 2015 05:00
March 2 By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer Today, CMS released the 2015 National Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report (2015 Impact Report) (https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/QualityMeasures/QualityMeasurementImpactReports.html). The 2015 Impact Report demonstrates that the nation has made clear progress in improving the healthcare delivery system to achieve the three aims of better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.
Physician Groups that demonstrate high quality care receive increases to their Medicare Payments
Thursday, 26 February 2015 03:59
February 27 By Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator & Director, Center for Medicare & Patrick Conway, MD, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality & CMS Chief Medical Officer This week, CMS posted results from the implementation of the first year of the Value-based Payment Modifier (Value Modifier) : http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/PhysicianFeedbackProgram/Downloads/2015-Value-Modifier-Results.pdf. Part of the Affordable Care Act, the Value Modifier rewards physicians and groups of physicians who provide high quality and cost effective care, while encouraging improvement for…
Successful ICD-10 Testing Shows Industry Ready to Take Next Step to Modernize Health Care
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 04:00
February 25 By Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services I am delighted to announce that CMS has recently successfully completed the first week of end-to-end testing of new ICD-10 coding. The International Classification of Diseases, or ICD, is used to standardize codes for medical conditions and procedures. While most countries already use the 10th revision of these codes (or ICD-10), the United States has yet to adopt this convention.
What Consumers Need to Know about Corrected Form 1095-As
Thursday, 19 February 2015 03:08
February 20 Last year, millions of Americans used advance payments of tax credits to help lower the cost of their monthly health insurance premiums. Now that tax season is here, individuals and families enrolled in a health plan through the Marketplaces will need to provide some basic information about their health insurance when they file their tax returns. If you signed up for coverage through the Marketplace last year, you should have received a statement…
Continuing to improve patient safety in hospitals
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 07:00
February 11 By Patrick Conway, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and CMS Chief Medical Officer Recently, a Department of Health and Human Services report showed that an estimated 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013. This progress toward a safer health care system occurred during a period of concerted attention by hospitals…
CMS intends to modify requirements for Meaningful Use
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 04:10
January 29 By Patrick Conway, MD Today, we at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are pleased to announce our intent to engage in rulemaking to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs beginning in 2015. These intended changes would help to reduce the reporting burden on providers, while supporting the long term goals of the program.
Moving forward on primary care transformation
Thursday, 22 January 2015 04:00
January 23 By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer Today, we at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are excited to announce the promising findings from two large-scale tests of advanced primary care: the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative and the Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) Demonstration. The CPC initiative, in its first year, decreased hospital admissions by 2% and emergency department visits by…
ACOs Moving Ahead
Sunday, 21 December 2014 09:30
December 22 By Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicare Today, we at CMS are excited to announce that 89 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) will be joining the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program). With today’s announcement, we will have a total of 405 ACOs participating in the Shared Savings Program next year, serving more than 7.2 million beneficiaries.
CMS releases data on quality to help patients choose providers
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 07:30
December 18 Updates provide quality metrics for hospitals and physicians By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released data on the quality of care provided by physician group practices, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and hospitals. These data are available on Physician Compare, Hospital Compare and Data.Medicare.gov.
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