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Future unclear for CMS' mandatory value-based initiatives

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  March 25, 2017

The CMS' decision to delay expansion of a major, mandatory bundled-payment pilot, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, raises questions about the future of such initiatives under the Trump administration.

Federal duals demo is improving care, CMS audit finds

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 24, 2017

Low income disabled patients say their care has improved under a federal experiment that allows states test ways to better manage benefits and care for people dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, according to a federal audit.

CMS delays expansion of bundled payment programs

CMS delays expansion of bundled payment programs

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  March 20, 2017

For now, it's a delay of three months, but the CMS is considering pushing back the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program and its cardiac bundles until 2018.

CMS to launch national campaign to promote coordinated-care program

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 14, 2017

Doctors may be unknowingly forgoing hundreds of millions in federal funding that would compensate them to better care for the sickest Medicare beneficiaries, and the CMS is launching a national campaign Wednesday to encourage physicians to take advantage of the funds.

Senate confirms Seema Verma to lead CMS

Senate confirms Seema Verma to lead CMS

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 13, 2017

The Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Seema Verma as the next administrator for the CMS, an agency that spends around $1 trillion annually.

Trump chooses Pence ally to lead Medicaid

Trump chooses Pence ally to lead Medicaid

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 01, 2017

The Trump administration has tapped Brian Neale, who worked with Vice President Mike Pence to develop Indiana's Medicaid expansion, to lead the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services.

Editorial: Give Seema Verma a chance

Editorial: Give Seema Verma a chance

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 18, 2017

Seema Verma, the Indiana consultant who injected personal responsibility requirements and health savings accounts into that state's Medicaid program, deserves a shot at working with other states that want to redesign their programs.

CMS projects health spending to grow 5.6% annually over next decade

CMS projects health spending to grow 5.6% annually over next decade

By Maria Castellucci  |  February 15, 2017

Health expenditures are projected to grow 5.6% a year over the next decade. The numbers affirm previous predictions that spending growth would accelerate because of the ACA's coverage expansions, an aging population and expensive new drugs.

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