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CMS Announces Next Phase in Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding

December
11

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the bidding timeline for Round 2 Recompete and the national mail-order recompete of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program, as required by law. CMS also launched a comprehensive bidder education program. This program is designed to ensure that DMEPOS suppliers interested in bidding receive the information and assistance they need to submit complete bids in a timely manner.

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National Health Expenditures continued slow growth in 2013

11 December
03

Health spending continued to grow at a slow rate last year the Office of the Actuary (OACT) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported today. In 2013, health spending grew at 3.6 percent and total national health expenditures in the United States reached $2.9 trillion, or $9,255 per person. The annual OACT report showed health spending continued a pattern of low growth—between 3.6 percent and 4.1-- percent for five consecutive years. The report is being published today in Health Affairs.

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New CMS rules enhance Medicare provider oversight; strengthens beneficiary protections

December
03

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner today announced new rules that strengthen oversight of Medicare providers and protect taxpayer dollars from bad actors. These new safeguards are designed to prevent physicians and other providers with unpaid debt from re-entering Medicare, remove providers with patterns or practices of abusive billing, and implement other provisions to help save more than $327 million annually.  

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CMS releases new proposal to improve Accountable Care Organizations

December
01

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released a proposal to strengthen the Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) through a greater emphasis on primary care services and promoting transitions to performance-based risk arrangements. The proposed rule reflects input from program participants, experts, consumer groups, and the stakeholder community at large. CMS is seeking to continue this important dialogue to ensure that the Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs are successful in providing seniors and people with disabilities with better care at lower costs.

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CMS Issues the HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016 Proposed Rule

November
21

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to improve consumers’ experience in the Health Insurance Marketplace and to ensure their coverage options are affordable and accessible. To establish the new consumer standards for 2016, the proposed rule seeks to implement several Affordable Care Act provisions on payment parameters for issuers and Marketplaces. Today’s proposed rule would build on previously issued standards and provisions, which are making high-quality health insurance available to millions of Americans.

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