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About Healthcare Updates: Highlights From CMS

For many years there has been a growing movement to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare in the United States. These efforts took a significant step forward with the passing of the Affordable Care Act in March of 2010. This Act contains many different programs to improve care coordination and the quality of care provided, expand access to healthcare, and lower costs through efficiency.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is an Agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS administers Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as new insurance oversight and consumer information programs. As such, CMS plays an important role in many of the recent healthcare improvement initiatives.

To bring you Healthcare Updates: Highlights From CMS, Medscape is working with leading experts in clinical practice and healthcare policy to provide information, resources, and tools to help you understand many of the programs aimed at achieving these goals.

Learn About CMS Programs
Healthcare Advisories

Of the following benefits in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which do you think will have the most positive impact on your patients?
Decreasing drug costs for patients with Medicare Part D who are in the coverage gap ("donut hole")
Access to preventive services without copayments/coinsurance or deductibles
Extending the age (to 26 years) that children can remain on their parents' health insurance
Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan
Curbing insurance cancellations
Eliminating annual and lifetime limits on benefits