CMS strengthens access to essential health care services for Medicaid beneficiaries

(Source –, 10/29/2015)

Meaningful access to health care services is crucial for the 72 million Americans who rely on the Medicaid program for coverage. As our nation  moves towards better sharing and utilizing of information to improve health access, treatment, and outcomes, it is critical for us to work together to ensure continued access to preventive, primary, and specialty service that are needed to maintain the health and well-being of our most vulnerable populations.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released a final rule that not only improves our ability to measure and ensure meaningful access to covered services, but also provides greater safeguards for beneficiaries who may otherwise experience great difficulty in receiving needed health care services. The intent of this final rule is to provide a framework for us to use to make better informed, data-driven decisions that support more effective service delivery systems, service rate structures, and provider payment methodologies that reflect our unique and evolving Medicaid population. Read more…


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