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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid News

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

New governmentwide financial systems on tap

OMB controller Danny Werfel said the Treasury Department should be finished testing and analyzing systems in the next six months. The CFO Council highlights priorities for 2011, and among them is the further reduction of improper payments. Werfel said agencies will begin using the software tool first utilized by the Recovery Board to identify potential problems.

Wednesday - 01/12/2011, 06:47am EST
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What CMS is best for you?

Frustrated with content management systems? Host John Gilroy talks with Tony Byrne, founder of Real Story Group.
January 11, 2011

Tuesday - 01/11/2011, 06:24pm EST
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Discussion: Information Sharing vs. Privacy

Finding the right balance between privacy and sharing is the subject of a Federal News Radio Discussion. Joining us are NARA's Hannah Bergman and CMS's William Saunders.

Friday - 10/29/2010, 11:00am EDT
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CMS proposes new rules to combat fraud

Some say they're just nibbling around the edges. But, CMS is putting some proposed new rules out there to combat fraud and abuse in Medicaid and Medicare. WFED's Scott Carr explains.

Friday - 09/24/2010, 08:41am EDT
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Agency services lack consistency, coordination

OMB finds that most website and call center operations are separate and don't work well together. Some agencies are following the private sector's lead by offering multiple channels to serve citizens. CMS and GSA both use online tools to answer questions more quickly and reliably.

Thursday - 09/02/2010, 06:39am EDT
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Recovery Board's success inspires others

OMB is using the same data analysis tools to monitor stimulus spending at CMS to reduce their improper payments. Other agencies also are taking advantage of the lessons learned from the creation and operation of the board. Recovery.gov also will receive new features this fall to let citizens track individual projects on their own websites.

Wednesday - 08/04/2010, 06:47am EDT
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President Obama to bypass Senate on CMS nominee

The White House announced late Tuesday that President Barack Obama will use a recess appointment to make Donald Berwick administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Wednesday - 07/07/2010, 12:52pm EDT

Boughn aims to bring CMS systems out of the 1970s

She says it's complex to change their current technology environment.

Tuesday - 06/29/2010, 07:09pm EDT
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CMS Senior Exec says it's all about the outcomes

"Performance management isn't just a good government idea, it quite frankly is a matter of surviving and hopefully thriving," says Michelle Snyder, deputy chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Friday - 06/18/2010, 10:02am EDT
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Hearing offers suggestions for reducing Medicare waste, fraud

Errors, waste, and fraud in the Medicare system was the topic of conversation before the House Ways and Means Subcommittees on Health and Oversight today.

Tuesday - 06/15/2010, 06:26pm EDT

CMS gets ahead of healthcare changes

We get update on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' responsibilities when it comes to health care reform from the director of the Office of Acquisition and Grants Management, Rod Benson.

Tuesday - 06/15/2010, 09:40am EDT
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OMB's new performance framework to combine the best of the past

Deputy director for management Jeffrey Zients hires Shelley Metzenbaum to help lead the performance management effort. OMB to lean on the Performance Improvement Council to develop and advocate for new approach.

Friday - 09/25/2009, 06:50am EDT
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