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Have a Bite of Humble Pie Before Heading to the Office

It's hard to hear the news about someone like Marilyn Tavenner stepping down and not think about the expectations we put on our leaders. In Tavenner's case, when she became acting head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2011, politicians expected her to know the field of health care inside out. Show More Summary

Statement from AMGA Regarding CMS Intention to Modify Meaningful Use

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it intends to engage in rulemaking this spring to help ensure providers continue to meet meaningful use requirements.

724 Hospitals Have Lost Medicare Funding for Avoidable Complications: Is Your Local Hospital One Of Them?

Nationally, 724 hospitals have had their Medicare funding reduced after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that each had high rates of potentially avoidable “hospital acquired conditions,” including falls, bed sores and certain infections, including ventilator acquired pneumonia and catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Show More Summary

In 2015, 8 of 10 Seniors Choose Preferred Pharmacy Networks in Medicare (Plus: Which Plans Won)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just released the first batch of 2015 enrollment data for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs). These almost-final numbers provide our first look at the winning and losingShow More Summary

Official Who Led Medicare Through Insurance Shakeup Is Resigning

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Marilyn B. Tavenner, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, helped oversee the rollout of changes in the health care system.

Top Obamacare Official Marilyn Tavenner Resigns

The head of Medicare and Medicaid, at the center of recent missteps, will leave her post at the end of February. Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced her resignation in an email to employees on Friday, The New York Times reported. Read Full Story

"Some Folks Were Lying?" Medicaid Chief Tavenner 'Steps Down' After Obamacare "Error"

Marilyn Tavenner, head of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, plans to step down at the end of February, she told her staff in an e-mail. As Bloomberg reports, Tavenner didn’t say why she was leaving. In November, she acknowledged that her agency had made a mistake in its calculation of the number of people enrolled under Obamacare. Show More Summary

Manhattan Clinic That Treated Joan Rivers Will Lose Federal Funding

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Yorkville Endoscopy has failed to correct the deficiencies implicated in Ms. Rivers’s death, according to a letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The cliff fades away

I’m a sucker for stupid arguments as the Apothecary at Forbes, a “thought” leader on conservative policy wonkery fucks up yet again.  The writer wants to block grant Medicaid and tie it into other social service supports.  He argues that there is an income cliff between $20,000 and $30,000 and fucks up reality fairly well [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.

Clinic where Joan Rivers stopped breathing has Medicare coverage pulled

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has terminated its Medicare agreement with Yorkville Endoscopy, a New York City clinic that came under scrutiny following Joan Rivers' death after an outpatient procedure.

Inaccessible Medicaid Providers Are Another Sign of Our Failing Safety Net

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than half of surveyed Medicaid providers are, in reality, completely inaccessible. This presents an obvious problem for huge numbers of Americans. Image: Shutterstock The post Inaccessible Medicaid Providers Are Another Sign of Our Failing Safety Net appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Gov. Quinn's Medicaid chief to leave 'hardest' job

The director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services plans to resign Jan. 9 as part of the transition to Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's administration. Deal Will Pay Accenture Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended Accenture's contract to run in a deal worth $563 million.

As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care

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The Affordable Care Act provided a big increase in Medicaid payments for primary care the past two years, but the higher fees expire Thursday, raising questions of whether there will be enough doctors to provide services.

Clinic Where Joan Rivers Died Submits Plan To Fix Issues

The clinic where Joan Rivers died is trying to make changes so it won’t happen again. USA Today is reporting that Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic in New York has submitted a plan to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to fix deficiencies in the way they treat patients. Show More Summary

What’s Behind Medicare and Medicaid Drug Spending Growth?

Let’s dip back into the just-released 2013 National Health Expenditure data, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released. In last week's Hospitals and Physicians Spending Outpace Drugs in Latest U.S. Healthcare...Show More Summary

Hospitals and Physicians Outpace Drugs in New U.S. Healthcare Spending Data

Last week, the econowonks at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2013 National Health Expenditure data. Savor the numbers in this Health Affairs article: National Health Spending In 2013: Growth Slows, Remains In Step With The Overall Economy. Show More Summary

From Coverage to Care to an AIDS-Free Generation

Editors Note: Open Enrollment for coverage through the Marketplace is NOW until February 15th, 2015. Today, we share a guest post from Dr. Cara James, Director, Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), on the importance of coverage and things to know about the Marketplace for those living with HIV/AIDS. If...

Lung cancer screening and shared decision making: Will it happen?

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officially proposed coverage for annual low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for lung cancer in current or former smokers age 55 to 74 years with at least a 30 pack-year history. In doing so, CMS followed the lead of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which had previously given a […]

Statement from American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Regarding CMS Proposals to Improve Accountable Care Organizations

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new proposal to strengthen the Medicare Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The proposed rule reflects input from program participants, experts, consumer groups, and the stakeholder community at large.

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