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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Trump Administration Drives Telehealth Services in Medicaid and Medicare

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Drives Telehealth Services in Medicaid and Medicare  Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the list of telehealth services that Medicare Fee-For-Service will pay for during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE).

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CMS Takes Action to Protect Integrity of COVID-19 Testing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Takes Action to Protect Integrity of COVID-19 Testing Agency issues cease and desist letters to laboratories testing without appropriate certification The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking every action to ensure U.S. laboratories are fit to deliver reliable, accurate and timely patient test results for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by confirming Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) certifications are up- to-date.

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CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for Medicare Loans made to Providers during COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for Medicare Loans made to Providers during COVID-19 New recoupment terms allow providers and suppliers one additional year to start loan payments The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced amended terms for payments issued under the Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Program as required by recent action by President Trump and Congress.  This Medicare loan program allows CMS to make advance payments to providers and are typically used in emergency situations.  Under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act repayment will now begin one year from the issuance date of each provider or supplier’s accelerated or advance payment.  CMS issued $106 billion in payments to providers and suppliers in order to alleviate the financial burden healthcare providers faced while experiencing cash flow issues in the early stages of combating the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE).

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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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