By Meena Seshamani MD PhD & Douglas Jacobs MD MPH – As we emerge from the COVID-19 public health emergency, it is increasingly clear that we must swiftly improve access to effective mental health and substance use disorder (collectively called behavioral health) treatment in order to meet the growing demand for such services.
Alzheimer’s Association applauds CMS decision to cover PET imaging for Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. In issuing its new policy, CMS said the specific details of the coverage will be made by the Medicare Administrative Contractors. The Alzheimer’s Association urges the MACs to quickly implement broad and equitable coverage for all Medicare beneficiaries.
CMS issued a proposed rule that seeks to establish comprehensive staffing requirements for nursing homes—including, for the first time, national minimum nurse staffing standards—to ensure access to safe, high-quality care for the over 1.2 million residents living in nursing homes each day.
CMS released draft guidance for comment that outlines the requirements and procedures for certain aspects of the new Medicare Prescription Payment Plan. By enabling seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare Part D coverage to spread out cost sharing over the year, the program could reduce the burden of high upfront out-of-pocket prescription drug costs.
By Meena Seshamani MD PhD & Douglas Jacobs MD MPH – As we emerge from the COVID-19 public health emergency, it is abundantly clear that our nation must improve access to effective mental health and substance use disorder (collectively called “behavioral health”) treatment and care.
From the CMS Blog – Primary care in the United States is in urgent need of investment and support following decades of inadequate payments, increasingly complex delivery of care, and growing administrative burden – all of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
CMS issued a proposed rule for inpatient and long-term care hospitals that builds on the Biden-Harris Administration’s key priorities to advance health equity and support underserved communities.
CMS is pleased to announce the availability of Research Identifiable Files (RIFs) and Public Use Files (PUFs) for two CMS Innovation Center models.
CMS took a critical step to advance health equity and access to care, awarding the first 200 of 1,000 Medicare-funded physician residency slots to enhance the health care workforce and fund additional positions in hospitals serving underserved communities.
CMS is releasing the following statement from Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, with accompanying background information, in response to the action by the FDA to grant accelerated approval to a new product designed to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued the final rule for 2023 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System. This year’s rule includes policies that align with several key goals of the Administration
By Jonathan Blum, Carol Blackford, & Jean Moody-Williams – CMS plays an important role in protecting the health and safety of all Americans as they journey through the health care system. This is especially true during a pandemic, natural disaster, or other emergencies.