Tag Archives: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Life’s Difficult Decisions: Choosing a Nursing Home for a Loved One

Every year, millions of Americans seek care in nursing homes. If you or a close friend or family member are in this position, how would you choose the right one? Fortunately, the government runs a website called Nursing Home Compare, … Continue reading

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Nursing Home Compare Website (podcast)

About 1.4 million Americans seek care in nursing homes every year. To help them—and their families—make informed choices about selecting the right one, the Nursing Home Compare website allows people to research nursing homes using a Five-Star Quality Rating System. … Continue reading

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Thinking about Joining Medicare Advantage?

If you have Medicare, this time of year always brings an opportunity to switch health plans during the annual open enrollment period, which starts this weekend and runs through December 7. About 30% of Medicare participants choose Medicare Advantage plans—the … Continue reading

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Prescription Drug Costs

The high costs of new drugs, as well as the dramatic price increases of some older and traditionally less expensive generic drugs, have thrust drug prices into the headlines. But what’s the full story? Today, we’re shedding some light on … Continue reading

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Checking Up on the Quality of Nursing Homes (podcast)

Across the country, the nearly 16,000 nursing homes that participate in Medicare and Medicaid are home to almost 1.5 million people. These nursing homes must meet certain quality standards. To monitor that, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reviews … Continue reading

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Government IT Systems Still at Risk

Lately, it’s a recurring news story—another hack, leak, or breach, and sensitive information is compromised. We’ve long identified information system security as a high-risk area throughout the government. So for October’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’re highlighting federal cybersecurity challenges.

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Resolving Technical Difficulties with State Health Insurance Marketplaces

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, marketplace websites were supposed to let people seamlessly enroll in private health insurance plans and apply for premium subsidies. But these state-based websites and their underlying and related systems were far from … Continue reading

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When Self-Reporting Fails, Fraud Prevails

Nearly 2 million doctors, nurses, medical equipment suppliers, and other health care providers participate in Medicare, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. To get paid for their services to Medicare beneficiaries, providers must first tell CMS about themselves, … Continue reading

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Our Prescriptions for Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drugs are generally safe when taken as directed, but they can also be abused. Moreover, some people try to use their insurance to pay for prescriptions they shouldn’t be getting. Read on for our look at how two federal … Continue reading

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National Immunization Awareness Month

Let’s face it: no one likes getting shots. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccinations help protect everyone from infants to elderly people against all sorts of dangerous and potentially lethal diseases. Each August the CDC … Continue reading

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