Trump Administration Announces Historically Low Medicare Advantage Premiums and New Payment Model to Make Insulin Affordable Again for Seniors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Announces Historically Low Medicare Advantage Premiums and New Payment Model to Make Insulin Affordable Again for Seniors Medicare Advantage program continues to grow, offering seniors a greater number of plan choices and increased benefits Ahead of the annual Medicare Open Enrollment, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that average 2021 premiums for Medicare Advantage plans are expected to decline 34.2 percent from 2017 while plan choice, benefits, and enrollment continue to increase.

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CMS Announces New Federal Funding for 33 States to Support Transitioning Individuals from Nursing Homes to the Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Announces New Federal Funding for 33 States to Support Transitioning Individuals from Nursing Homes to the Community The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the availability of up to $165 million in supplemental funding to states currently operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs.

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CMS Announces Transformative and Innovative Specialty Care Models for Medicare Beneficiaries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Announces Transformative New Model of Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Chronic Kidney Disease Model focuses on reducing costs and improving quality of care for patients Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it has finalized the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) Model, to improve or maintain the quality of care and reduce Medicare expenditures for patients with chronic kidney disease.

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CMS Announces Innovative Payment Model to Improve Care, Lower Costs for Cancer Patients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2020 CMS Announces Innovative Payment Model to Improve Care, Lower Costs for Cancer Patients Radiation Oncology Model will modernize Medicare payments for radiotherapy services Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new Innovation Center model expected to improve the quality of care for cancer patients receiving radiotherapy and reduce Medicare expenditures through bundled payments that allow providers to focus on delivering high-quality treatments.

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Independent Nursing Home COVID-19 Commission Findings Validate Unprecedented Federal Response

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Independent Nursing Home COVID-19 Commission Findings Validate Unprecedented Federal Response Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received the final report from the independent Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes (Commission), which was facilitated by MITRE.  CMS also released an overview of the robust public health actions the agency has taken to date to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in nursing homes.

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CMS Releases Medicaid and CHIP T-MSIS Data to Provide Public Access and Transparency into Program Performance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Releases Medicaid and CHIP T-MSIS Data to Provide Public Access and Transparency into Program Performance Public availability of current data increases accountability and strengthens oversight of Medicaid program. Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released updated Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) data that is used for monitoring program performance and analyzing state and federal payments for services.

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CMS Issues New Roadmap for States to Accelerate Adoption of Value-Based Care to Improve Quality of Care for Medicaid Beneficiaries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Issues New Roadmap for States to Accelerate Adoption of Value-Based Care to Improve Quality of Care for Medicaid Beneficiaries Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to state Medicaid directors designed to advance the adoption of value-based care strategies across their healthcare systems and align provider incentives across payers.

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CMS Advancing Seniors’ Access to Cutting-edge Therapies and Technology in Medicare Hospital Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 2, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Finalized policy changes expand new technology add-on payment pathway for certain antimicrobials Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) final rule, which includes important provisions designed to ensure access to potentially life-saving diagnostics and therapies for hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries.

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CMS Acts to Spur Innovation for America’s Seniors

August 31, 2020 Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that unleashes innovative technology so Medicare beneficiaries have access to the latest, most cutting-edge devices. Today’s action represents a step forward that will help demolish the existing bureaucratic barriers that have created a “valley of death” for innovative products, resulting in lag times and lack of access for America’s seniors. This proposed rule delivers on President Trump’s direction to cut government red tape so seniors can access the latest treatments, which he issued in his Executive Order on Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors.

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Trump Administration Launches National Training Program to Strengthen Nursing Home Infection Control Practices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 25, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries New training provides education on critical safety measures to keep residents safe Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing an unprecedented national nursing home training program for frontline nursing home staff and nursing home management. The training is designed to equip both frontline caregivers and their management with the knowledge they need to stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in their nursing homes.

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