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CMS: Fact sheets: Medicare ACOs continue to succeed in improving care, lowering cost growth

Pioneer ACO Model and Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs show continued quality of care improvements and additional Medicare savings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued quality and financial performance results showing that Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have successfully improved the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries by fostering greater collaboration between doctors, hospitals, and health care providers and keeping patients healthy rather than treating them when they were sick. 252 more words


Life as a CMS designer 101

#todaysdoodle is inspired by my job :) I work for a media and entertainment provider, focused on supporting their websites which are spread among different countries. 410 more words

Important Change to CMS Marketing Guidelines!

Today at 5pm, CMS issued a statement to plans that REVERSED their previous clarification of guidance.  On August 14, 2014, CMS issued a clarification on their June 17th revised Medicare Marketing Guidelines that stated that Plan Sponsors were prohibited from contacting (via phone) existing members to talk about other plan options (Section 70.6). 81 more words


Attention doctors and drug makers: Sunshine Act database goes live Sept. 30th

On September 30th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) will publicly release all sales and marketing expenses from drug companies to doctors and hospitals. 695 more words

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Additional Information on MU Stage 1 and 2 “View/Download/ Transmit” (Patient Portal) Objective

It has been a busy couple of weeks in the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. While everyone’s focus was on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule to allow a certain subset of participants to meaningfully use (MU) EHR technology with outdated certification status, as well as on the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT’s (ONC) “Release 2” of the 2014 Edition EHR certification criteria, CMS distributed some clarifications regarding the… 445 more words


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