Last updated on: 6/8/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“The Department of Health and Human Services has been entrusted with the responsibility for implementing many major provisions of the historic health reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (hereafter “Affordable Care Act”), which the President signed into law on March 23, 2010. This bill was further improved by the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010, which the President signed into law on March 30, 2010. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is dedicated to helping the Department implement many of the provisions of the legislation that address Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).”

“Health Reform Center,” www.cms.gov (accessed June 9, 2010)

Description:

“The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ten Field offices reorganized in February 2007 moving from a geography-based structure to a Consortia structure based on the Agency’s key lines of business: Medicare health plans, Medicare financial management, Medicare fee for service operations, Medicaid and children’s health, survey & certification and quality improvement. The intent of the new structure is to improve performance through uniform issue management, consistent communication and leadership focused on achieving the Agency’s strategic action plan. Over the past year, the Field has made progress in these areas and more.”

“About Us,” www.cms.hhs.gov (accessed June 8, 2010)

Mission:

“CMS central and regional offices share a common vision and mission as well as a shared commitment to the five key objectives outlined in the CMS Strategic Plan 2008 – 2012:

1. Skilled, Committed, and Highly Motivated Workforce,

2. Affordable Health Care System,

3. High-Value Health Care,

4. Confident, Informed Consumers and

5. Collaborative Partnerships.

The Field provides a capable, local presence necessary to achieve the Agency’s objectives and meet the constant challenges of serving approximately 90 million beneficiaries. The role of the CMS Field includes three key components: 1) representation, 2) protection and 3) monitoring.”

“About CMS,” www.cms.hhs.gov (accessed June 8, 2010)

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Quoted in:
  1. Will physicians be required to accept all Medicare patients?
  2. Will the cost to fund public health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid decrease?
  3. Will I pay less for health insurance and medical care?
  4. Will the quality of care from public health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid improve?