CMS Announces Historic Changes to Physician Self-Referral Regulations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Announces Historic Changes to Physician Self-Referral Regulations Unprecedented additions to regulations that interpret “Stark Law” opens avenues for healthcare providers to ensure patients receive highest quality of care Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized changes to outdated federal regulations that have burdened health care providers with added administrative costs and impeded the health care system’s move toward value-based reimbursement.

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CMS Urging Nursing Homes to Follow Established COVID Guidelines This Holiday Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 18, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Urging Nursing Homes to Follow Established COVID Guidelines This Holiday Season Today, in advance of the approaching holiday season, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is urging nursing home staff, residents and visitors to follow established guidelines for visitation and adherence to the core principles of infection prevention.

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CMS Releases Nursing Home COVID-19 Training Data with Urgent Call to Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 17, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Releases Nursing Home COVID-19 Training Data with Urgent Call to Action Agency thanks nursing homes whose staff have completed free CMS training, but urges remaining homes to take advantage of this resource Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publicly recognizing the 1,092 nursing homes at which 50% or more of their staff have completed CMS training designed to help staff combat the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in nursing homes.

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Trump Administration Announces Medicare Fee-For-Service Estimated Improper Payments Decline by $15 Billion Since 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2020 **Updated 11/17/20** Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Announces Medicare Fee-For-Service Estimated Improper Payments Decline by $15 Billion Since 2016Continued reduction marks fourth year Medicare FFS improper payment rate has been below 10% The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that the Medicare Fee- For-Service (FFS) improper payment rate has continued to decline, reinforcing the Trump Administration and CMS’ commitment to strengthening Medicare and protecting taxpayer dollars.

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Trump Administration Announces Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Final Rule, Continues Commitment to Transform Medicaid by Delivering Greater Flexibility to States

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 9, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Announces Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Final Rule, Continues Commitment to Transform Medicaid by Delivering Greater Flexibility to States  Final rule improves balance of federal oversight and state flexibility while maintaining critical beneficiary and quality of care protections Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Managed Care final rule.

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Trump Administration Finalizes Transformative Medicare Payment Changes to Support Innovation in Kidney Care and Incentivize Dialysis in the Home

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Finalizes Transformative Medicare Payment Changes to Support Innovation in Kidney Care and Incentivize Dialysis in the Home Final Rule improves the determination process for an add-on payment adjustment to incentivize innovative dialysis equipment and supports home dialysis for Medicare’s most vulnerable population Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized policies that allow certain new and innovative equipment and supplies used for dialysis treatment of patients with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) in the home to qualify for an additional Medicare payment.

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CMS Releases Toolkit to Accelerate State Efforts to Rebalance Long-term Care Systems and Enhance Home and Community-Based Services for Eligible Medicaid Beneficiaries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Releases Toolkit to Accelerate State Efforts to Rebalance Long-term Care Systems and Enhance Home and Community-Based Services for Eligible Medicaid Beneficiaries The Trump Administration and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are delivering on their commitment to foster innovation in Medicaid by providing states with new tools to help beneficiaries return home from institutional settings without sacrificing safety or quality of care.   Today, CMS launched a new toolkit designed for state Medicaid agencies to strengthen their infrastructure and develop robust home and community-based services (HCBS) for eligible beneficiaries.

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Trump Administration Acts to Ensure Coverage of Life-Saving COVID-19 Vaccines & Therapeutics

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking steps to ensure all Americans, including the nation’s seniors, have access to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine at no cost when it becomes available. Today, the agency released a comprehensive plan with proactive measures to remove regulatory barriers and ensure consistent coverage and payment for the administration of an eventual vaccine for millions of Americans.

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New CMS Proposals Streamline Medicare Coverage, Payment, and Coding for Innovative New Technologies and Provide Beneficiaries with Diabetes Access to More Therapy Choices

Durable Medical Equipment proposed rule would reduce administrative burden for new innovative technologies Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is proposing new changes to Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotic Devices and Supplies (DMEPOS) coverage and payment policies. This rule would provide more choices for beneficiaries with diabetes, while streamlining the process for innovators in getting their technologies approved for coverage, payment, and coding by Medicare.

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Trump Administration Partners with CVS and Walgreens to Provide COVID-19 Vaccine to Protect Vulnerable Americans in Long-Term Care Facilities Nationwide

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 202-690-6343 media@hhs.gov www.hhs.gov/news To meet the Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed (OWS) goals, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense (DoD ) today announced agreements with CVS and Walgreens to provide and administer COVID-19 vaccines to residents of long-term care facilities (LTCF) nationwide with no out-of-pocket costs.

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