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Changes to Competitive Acquisition Program Timeline

Thu, 04 Aug 2005 13:32:06 GMT

Medicare Competitive Acquisition Program For Part B Drugs and Biologicals






40th Anniversary for Medicare and Medicaid

Mon, 01 Aug 2005 14:30:27 GMT

In 1965, the Social Security Act established both Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare was a responsibility of the Social Security Administration (SSA), while Federal assistance to the State Medicaid programs was administered by the Social and Rehabilitation Service (SRS). SSA and SRS were agencies in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). In 1977, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) was created under HEW to effectively coordinate Medicare and Medicaid. In 1980 HEW was divided into the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In 2001, HCFA was renamed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).






CMS Guidance on the Limited-Income Subsidy Helpful Information and Fact Sheets

Wed, 01 Jun 2005 18:12:17 GMT

Help For Those With Limited Income and Resources.



CMS National Provider Identifier (NPI) Dear Provider Letter

Thu, 19 May 2005 12:38:15 GMT

CMS announced a system whereby all health care providers, including Medicare providers, can apply for a new identifier, known as the National Provider Identifier, or NPI, starting May 23, 2005.



CMS Facilitates Access to Innovative Technology

Thu, 19 May 2005 12:37:45 GMT

In a ruling announced today by Administrator Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., CMS clarified its payment rules to present beneficiaries with the choice to receive presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses (IOLs) that not only replace lens clouded by cataracts but also allows the eye to focus on near, intermediate, and far vision, minimizing the need for corrective lens.



April 2005 CMS Quarterly Provider Update Now Available

Mon, 13 Jun 2005 13:20:25 GMT

CMS publishes this Update at the beginning of each quarter to inform the public about the following:
Regulations and major policies currently under development during this quarter.
Regulations and major policies completed or cancelled.
New/Revised manual instructions



Medicare Part D Electronic-Prescribing Proposed Rule

Thu, 10 Feb 2005 14:31:03 GMT

On December 8, 2003, President George W. Bush signed into law the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003. This landmark legislation provides seniors and people living with disabilities with a prescription drug benefit, more choices and better benefits under Medicare, the most significant improvement to senior health care in nearly 40 years.



Final Guidance Issued on MMA Section 1011: Emergency Health Services for Undocumented Aliens

Thu, 19 May 2005 12:36:00 GMT

This web page is designed to provide hospitals, physicians, and ambulance providers with accurate information regarding the implementation of section 1011 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA).



Learn more about the Prescription Drug Benefit and Medicare Advantage Programs (Including Regulations)

Thu, 31 Mar 2005 19:15:21 GMT

Welcome to the Official Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) Titles I & II webpage. This is a very special time for Medicare beneficiaries, full of many exciting program improvements and enhancements. The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA), passed with bipartisan support in Congress and signed into law by President Bush on December 8, 2003, has given us unprecedented opportunities to bring more personalized, high-quality modern health care to Medicare's millions of beneficiaries.



Proposal For The New Competitive Acquisition Program For Part B Drugs And Biologicals

Fri, 25 Mar 2005 13:19:35 GMT

Section 303 (d) of the MMA (adobe pdf 26Kb) requires the implementation of a competitive acquisition program (CAP) for Medicare Part B drugs and biologicals not paid on a cost or prospective payment system basis. Beginning with drugs administered on or after January 1, 2006, physicians will be given a choice between buying and billing these drugs under the average sales price (ASP) system, or obtaining these drugs from vendors selected in a competitive bidding process.