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CMS Strategy to Focus on Rural Healthcare Access, Quality

May 11, 2018 - CMS has announced a new Rural Health Strategy, which will help ensure that the nearly one in five individuals living in rural areas have access to quality healthcare. “For the first time, CMS is organizing and focusing our efforts to apply a rural lens to the vision and work of the agency,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “The Rural Health Strategy supports CMS’...


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Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Model Expands Nationwide

by Jessica Kent

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has expanded its Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) nationwide.  The program will now enroll both traditional healthcare providers and community-based organizations as Medicare suppliers...

CMS Data-Driven Strategy Fuels Patient Data Access, Exchange

by Jessica Kent

CMS Administrator Seema Verma has announced the organization’s new Data-Driven Patient Care Strategy, which will enhance patient-centered care by improving patient data access and exchange. The strategy builds on CMS’s efforts to...

ONC: APIs Can Boost Interoperability, Healthcare Data Access

by Jessica Kent

ONC is working with innovators to develop application programming interfaces (APIs) that will create a robust health application ecosystem, improve interoperability, and increase healthcare data access, according to a recent HealthITBuzz blog...

Verma: CMS Will “Use Every Lever” for Promoting Interoperability, Data Access

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is doubling down on its commitment to health data interoperability and ensuring that patients have comprehensive access to their own health data, said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in an interview...

CMS Renames Meaningful Use to Highlight Interoperability Goals

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has announced a rebrand of the familiar EHR Incentive Programs, commonly known as meaningful use, to reflect its ongoing commitment to interoperability, patient data access, and system-wide health information exchange. According to a proposed...

Minority Health Disparities Impacting Care Access, Management

by Jessica Kent

Minority health disparities continue to impact several quality metrics, including care access, provider communication, chronic disease management, and mental health treatment, according to a new CMS report. CMS stated that in order to address...

Medicare Will Reimburse Next-Generation Genomic Sequencing Test

by Jessica Kent

CMS has finalized a National Coverage Determination (NCD) that will reimburse providers for diagnostic laboratory tests using next-generation sequencing (NGS) for patients with advanced cancer. “We want cancer patients to have enhanced...

CMS Announces Patient-Centered Data Sharing Initiative

by Jennifer Bresnick

LAS VEGAS - CMS Administrator Seema Verma has announced a new initiative to ensure that patients remain at the center of the healthcare system as providers and payers continue to transition to value-based care.   The MyHealthEData initiative...

CMS Recognizes Kaiser Permanente for Reducing Care Disparities

by Jessica Kent

CMS has named Kaiser Permanente as the first recipient of the Health Equity Award, which recognizes Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to reduce care disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. “Kaiser Permanente’s physicians are dedicated...

VA, CMS Announce Data Sharing, Fraud Prevention Partnership

by Jessica Kent

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and CMS have announced a partnership to share data assets, data analytics tools, and best practices for preventing fraud, waste and abuse. “The VA-HHS alliance represents the latest example of VA’s...

CMS Proposes Coverage for Next-Gen Precision Medicine Test

by Jennifer Bresnick

Precision medicine may be about to take a big leap forward as CMS considers covering the costs of a new, FDA-approved next-generation sequencing (NGS) test that can identify key biomarkers for certain cancers. The FoundationOne CDx (F1CDx) in...

CMS Expands Promising Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has announced a final rule expanding the availability of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) starting in 2018.  The model, which pairs a classroom-style support group with CDC-approved patient education guidelines, has undergone...

CMS Eases Medicaid Barriers to Substance Abuse, Opioid Treatment

by Jennifer Bresnick

State Medicaid programs will have more opportunities to design programs to meet their residents’ substance abuse and opioid addiction treatment needs, CMS announced this week. Following the declaration of the opioid abuse epidemic as a...

CMS Expands Comprehensive Primary Care Plus to New Regions

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has announced the expansion of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program to four new regions, adding to a successful primary care model that serves patients with complex needs. Eligible participants in Louisiana, Nebraska, North...

Unique Device Identifiers in Claims Could Aid Healthcare Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Adding unique device identifiers (UDIs) to claims data could significant improve patient safety and healthcare analytics, argues a new letter to CMS and the FDA, and speeding up the regulatory process requiring the change “would equip patients,...

CMS Urges Providers to Tackle Minority Health Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite a growing industry focus on addressing the socioeconomic determinates of health, population health disparities between ethnic and racial groups persist across a number of chronic and acute care experiences, according to new data from...

CMS Promotes Chronic Care Management with Provider Education

by Thomas Beaton

CMS and the HRSA are hoping to broaden the use of chronic care management strategies by delivering education and support to providers via its new Connected Care program.   The CMS Office of Minority Health and HRSA Federal Office of Rural...

Changing Leadership at CMS, ONC as New Administration Moves In

by Jennifer Bresnick

Big changes may be in store for healthcare under a new and unpredictable Presidential administration, but some familiar and experienced faces will be steering the ship at CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) while the White House...

NQF Names Shantanu Agrawal New President and CEO

by Thomas Beaton

Former Deputy CMS Administrator Shantanu Agrawal, MD, will take over the reins of the National Quality Forum on January 20, 2017, the NQF announced this week.  Agrawal, who also served as Director of the CMS Center for Program Integrity,...

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