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New Open Payments Search Tool Launches Today: Access a simple to use search interface

Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:00
October 17 By Dr. Shantanu Agrawal, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of Center for Program Integrity Open Payments is a congressionally mandated, national disclosure program that promotes transparency and accountability in health care. But what does “transparency” mean to you as a patient, and why is it important? The program gives you the opportunity to know if your doctors have a financial relationship with companies that make or supply medications, medical supplies or devices, and…
IMPROVED QUALITY OF MEDICARE PLANS AND STEADY PREMIUMS ARE GREAT NEWS AS OPEN ENROLLMENT SET TO BEGIN ON OCT. 15
Thursday, 09 October 2014 06:49
October 10 By Marilyn Tavenner, CMS Administrator As we approach the beginning of Medicare open enrollment on October 15, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants everyone to know that for most seniors who have Original Medicare, the 2015 Part B premiums will remain unchanged for a second consecutive year. This means more of seniors’ retirement income—and any increase in Social Security benefits—stays in their pockets.
CMS announces first report on provider performance from a Qualified Entity
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 03:45
August 27 Niall Brennan, Acting Director, CMS Offices for Enterprise Management Data can play an integral role in helping consumers decide on everything from which car to drive to choosing a hotel. Indeed, data-driven decision support tools are available in almost every sector. Though many tools are available in health care, the sector as a whole has lagged behind others in providing data on health care quality and cost.
Accelerating states’ efforts on Medicaid delivery system reform
Sunday, 13 July 2014 02:58
July 14 By Cindy Mann, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services and Patrick Conway, M.D., Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and CMS Chief Medical Officer As part of its commitment in working with states to improve care and improve health for Medicaid beneficiaries, and through these improvements, reduce costs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is launching a new collaborative initiative called the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program.
Star Ratings Coming Soon to Compare Sites on Medicare.gov
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 05:50
June 18 By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer When buying a product or service, looking at ratings can often help narrow down the choices. Some websites offer “star” ratings that give information about the quality of the products and services they offer. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have the same kind of ratings when choosing a health care provider?
Five-Star Quality Ratings Coming Soon to Compare Sites on Medicare.gov
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 05:50
June 18 By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer When buying a product or service, looking at ratings can often help narrow down the choices. Some websites offer “star” ratings that give information about the quality of the products and services they offer. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have the same kind of ratings when choosing a health care provider?
Open Payments Data Collection Moves Forward
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:45
May 22 By Shantanu Agrawal By now, you may have heard about the Open Payments program (previously known as the Sunshine Act) and wondered what it is and what it means for you. This program offers patients the opportunity to know if their doctors have a financial relationship with companies that make or supply medicines, medical supplies or devices, and the biological products used in their care.
Interactive Tool Allows Easier Access Data on Physicians
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:47
April 23 Author: Niall Brennan, Acting Director, Offices of Enterprise Management Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new interactive search tool that can help consumers and other stakeholders navigate information about the types of medical services and procedures delivered by physicians and other healthcare professionals. Users can search for a provider by name, address, or National Provider Identifier (NPI).
Historic release of data delivers unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and how much they are paid
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:46
April 9 By Jonathan Blum, Principal Deputy Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a major step forward in making Medicare data more transparent and accessible, while maintaining the privacy of beneficiaries, by announcing the release of new data on medical services and procedures furnished to Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries by physicians and other healthcare professionals (http://www.cms.gov/newsroom/newsroom-center.html).
Next steps in Medicare data transparency
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 15:32
April 2 By Jonathan Blum, Principal Deputy Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services In letters to the American Medical Association and Florida Medical Association http://downloads.cms.gov/files/Madara_Final_Signed.pdf, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced our intent today to take another major step forward in making our health care system more transparent and accountable. We plan to provide the public unprecedented access to information about the number and type of health care services that individual…
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