Posts Tagged ‘Marilyn Tavenner’

New Affordable Care Act Demonstration to Provide Care at Home for Medicare Patients

December 20, 2011

Health care reform law demonstration to improve care,
lower costs for seniors and people with disabilities

Up to 10,000 Medicare patients with chronic conditions will now be able to get most of the care they need at home under a new demonstration announced today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“This program gives new life to the old practice of house calls, but with 21st century technology and a team approach,” said CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. (more…)

Lawmakers To CMS: Move Forward On ‘Independence At Home’ Guidance

December 14, 2011

Inside Health Policy | By Amy Lotven

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) are urging CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to prioritize a health reform-mandated demonstration that allows Medicare to pay for home visits by physicians involving a small group of beneficiaries with specific chronic diseases. The lawmakers, in a recent letter to Tavenner, note that by statue the Independence At Home Act must be implemented by Jan. 1, 2012, and with just a few weeks left in the year no implementation information has been released. (more…)

Drug Costs in Florida Dip $96 Million Thanks to Health Care Reform Provision

December 7, 2011

Published in The Palm Beach Post by Laura Green

WASHINGTON — Floridians on Medicare saved more than $96 million on drug costs in 2011 thanks to a provision in health care reform, the federal government announced Tuesday.

The report was released just before today’s deadline for Medicare beneficiaries to choose their 2012 health and drug plans. (more…)

CMS Administrator Donald Berwick to Resign

November 28, 2011

Donald Berwick, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, will be leaving his post, effective Dec. 2, according to the Associated Press. (more…)