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[IP] New Medicare and Medicaid Agency
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- Subject: [IP] New Medicare and Medicaid Agency
- From: "J Hughey" <email @ redacted>
- Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 20:50:06 -0500
- Reply-To: email @ redacted
Social Security eNews
Published on June 15, 2001
To view this online, go to http://www.ssa.gov/enews/enewsmedicare61501.htm .
Welcome to a special Medicare edition of eNews. Here's big news that's sure
to get the attention of anyone interested in Medicare.
NEW MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AGENCY
It's out with the old and in with the new. The Health Care Financing
Administration (HCFA) is now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CMS). It's more than just a new name - it's an increased emphasis on
responsiveness to beneficiaries and providers, and quality improvement.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson made the announcement
yesterday. "We're making quality service the number one priority in this
agency," Thompson said. "These sweeping reforms will strengthen our
programs and enable our dedicated employees to better serve Medicare and
Medicaid beneficiaries, as well as health care providers. We're going to
encourage innovation, better educate consumers about their options, and be
more responsive to the health care needs of Americans."
Three new business centers are being established as a part of the reform:
the Center for Beneficiary Choices, the Center for Medicare Management, and
the Center for Medicaid and State Operations.
The new CMS will launch a national media campaign to educate seniors and
other Medicare beneficiaries about their options, allowing them to make
The 1-800-MEDICAID number (1-800-633-4227) is being enhanced to provide
service to beneficiaries 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"More changes are on the way," Secretary Thompson stated. "We're going to
keep fine-tuning this department so Americans are receiving the highest
quality health care possible."
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