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Beneficiaries Saved $26 Billion-plus on Rx Drugs Since 2010

More than 11.8 million Medicare beneficiaries have received discounts over $26.8 billion on prescription drugs -- an average of $2,272 per beneficiary -- since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. In 2016 alone, over 4.9 million seniors and people with disabilities received discounts of over $5.6 billion, for an average of $1,149 per beneficiary.

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Health Info and Care Preferences Quality Measures Pilot Study

CMS has contracted with RTI and Abt to develop and implement two Transfer of Health Information and Care Preferences (TOH) quality measures. The TOH measures meet requirements under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (IMPACT Act) of 2014.

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Agency Drops Controversial Physician Reimbursement Proposal

The proposal, which surfaced last March, sought comments on testing six different alternative approaches for Part B drugs for the purpose of improving outcomes and aligning incentives to improve the quality of care and spending taxpayer dollars more wisely.

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CMS Announces Medicare-Medicaid ACO Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveils the Medicare-Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model, a new initiative designed to improve the quality of care and lower costs for beneficiaries who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid.

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CMS Launches Two New ‘Compare’ Sites for Consumers

CMS has just unveiled new Compare websites for both Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) and Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs).

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Latest Data Released on Racial, Ethnic Differences in Medicare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’s Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) has released data detailing the health care experiences and quality of care received by Medicare beneficiaries by racial or ethnic group. The data released focus on care received in 2014-2015. Earlier this year, CMS OMH released data on care received in 2013-2014.

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New Handbook Clarifies Medicaid Benefits for ‘Dual Eligibles’

Confusion can sometimes arise regarding who is responsible for particular costs, especially for those individuals covered by both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles).

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Public Comments Sought on IMPACT Act Implementation

In alignment with the CMS and National Quality Strategy (NQS) objectives and goals, the purpose of this project is to develop, maintain, re-evaluate, and implement measures reflective of quality care for PAC settings to support CMS quality missions including the LTCH QRP, IRF QRP, SNF QRP and HH QRP.

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Comments Deadline Approaching for IMPACT Act

Public comments are due Nov. 17 on a cross-setting post-acute care measure under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) to further develop and refine the percent of residents or patients with pressure ulcers that are new or worsened (short-stay) (NQF #0678) and language modifications being explored with the term “Pressure Injury”.

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Proposed Rule on Fire Safety Requirements for Dialysis Facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveils a proposed rule to update Medicare fire protection guidelines for certain dialysis facilities to ensure that patients are protected from fire while receiving treatment in those facilities

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