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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid News

Datapalooza, the Data Navigator, and more

Niall Brennan, director for Policy and the Data Analytics Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will talk about how to process large volumes of data.
April 17, 2012

Tuesday - 04/17/2012, 10:24pm EDT
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House ready to OK GOP budget, rejects rival plans

After rejecting a bipartisan compromise and President Obama's budget Wednesday, the House prepares to vote on a Republican plan that calls for an extension of the federal pay freeze through 2015, increased federal retirement contributions and a reduction of the federal workforce by 10 percent.

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 07:44am EDT

No pay freeze extension in Democrats' budget plan

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced "Making It in America," the Democratic budget proposal that calls for an end to the sequester while preserving the Medicare guarantee. Unlike the other proposals under consideration, this proposal does not call for an extension of the federal pay freeze or an increase in feds' contributions to their retirement funds.

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 08:57am EDT

GOP Medicare plan borrows from and repeals Obama's

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the top GOP budget writer, borrowed the idea of insurance exchanges, a big pooled marketplace, from the health care law enacted in Massachusetts when GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was governor. Ryan wants to set one up for Medicare.

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 03:50am EDT

IT concerns at large agencies

Tony Trenkle, chief information officer and director of the Office of Information Services at the Centers for Medicar and Medicaid Services talks about the IT challenges at his agency.
March 6, 2012

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 10:13pm EST
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CMS eyes $370M goal in stemming improper payments

Jon Blum, the deputy administrator and director for the Center of Medicare at CMS, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the agency's new goal of stopping $370 million in improper payments.

Monday - 03/05/2012, 08:46pm EST
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Feds to curb improper payments to Medicare plans

The Obama administration says it's taking steps to fix a longstanding problem of improper payments to private health plans that serve 1 in 4 Medicare beneficiaries.

Friday - 02/24/2012, 05:45pm EST

CMS $77M anti-fraud effort disappoints

Launched last summer, a $77 million computer system to stop Medicare fraud before it happens had prevented just one suspicious payment by Christmas. That saved taxpayers exactly $7,591.

Thursday - 02/23/2012, 04:18pm EST

White House blasts new Medicare plan by GOP's Ryan

White House spokesmen Thursday blasted a new bipartisan plan to overhaul Medicare, saying it would undermine the health care program for seniors and disabled people, leaving it to "wither on the vine."

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 06:00pm EST

Treasury, HHS, Justice find more areas to cut waste

Cutting back on excess dollar-coins, tackling Medicare prescription drug abuse and prosecuting procurement fraud are just some of the ways the White House says agencies cut back on government waste in 2011.

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 05:14am EST
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Can't raise taxes? Hike Medicare premiums instead

Republicans may have found a way to squeeze more money out of well-to-do Americans without raising their taxes.

Tuesday - 12/13/2011, 06:53pm EST

GAO: Medicare data tools have hit snags

The Government Accountability Office took a look at CMS' data analysis and Valerie Melvin, director of information management and technology resources issues at GAO, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the watchdog agency's latest report.

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 07:28pm EST
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Obama's Medicare nominee gets GOP leader's support

President Barack Obama's Medicare nominee Tuesday got unexpected support from one of Congress' Republican stars. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told The Associated Press that Marilyn Tavenner is "eminently qualified" to run Medicare.

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 06:07pm EST

Agencies' health IT success becomes model for nation

The Department of Health and Human Services wants more people to access their own medical records online. The Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services already have successful programs in place. They use a "blue button" feature that lets patients download their data.

Tuesday - 09/13/2011, 07:23pm EDT
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'New philosophy' at CMS on improper payments

Medicare programs lead the federal government in improper payments by a large margin, and program administrators have been told to cut their improper payment rate in half by next year. Officials say they are taking several steps to stop payments before they leave the Treasury.

Monday - 08/01/2011, 07:23am EDT
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New CMS tools help to save up to $120 billion

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it can save $120 billion dollars over the next five years. CMS's Jon Blum tells us about two important tools at their disposal.

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 09:41am EDT
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Platts calls for more controls over improper payments

The chairman of the subcommittee on federal financial management said legislation may be needed to ensure agency accounting procedures are focusing on stopping improper payments. He said progress across the government is good, but more tools are necessary. OMB is testing the Do Not Pay List and plans to launch the full portal in 2012.

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:25am EDT
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CMS to take on improper payments in new way

The agency plans to follow the model credit card companies use to identify potential problems on the front end instead of trying to chase down the money after the fact. CMS accounts for about 46 percent of all improper payments across the government. Overall, OMB wants to reduce the governmentwide error rate to 4.18 percent by 2013.

Thursday - 03/24/2011, 07:47am EDT
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HHS, Justice turning up heat on fraudsters

New rule published today details how the government will go from chasing criminals to using data and other tools to stop them as Medicare and Medicaid fraud is happening. The agencies report returning $4 billion back to the government in 2010, a 50 percent increase compared to 2009.

Tuesday - 01/25/2011, 07:04am EST
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HHS promotes simpler e-health record exchanges

The Office of National Coordinator for Health IT will spend the next year making it easier for health care providers to share patient data. Data sharing and interoperability are one of four major barriers the federal government is helping doctors and hospitals overcome.

Friday - 01/21/2011, 07:18am EST
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