• Staunching the Flow

    The numbers are in. Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released their annual report on healthcare spending in the US. There’s some good news – and some bad. Micah Hartman is…

  • Health care reform rises to top of priority list

    The reformation of the country’s health care system is one of the next priorities for President Barack Obama and Congress, and the Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be at the center of this effort.

  • OMB’s new performance framework to combine the best of the past

    Deputy director for management Jeffrey Zients hires Shelley Metzenbaum to help lead the performance management effort. OMB to lean on the Performance Improvement Council to develop and advocate for new approach.

  • CMS gets ahead of healthcare changes

    We get update on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ responsibilities when it comes to health care reform from the director of the Office of Acquisition and Grants Management, Rod Benson.

  • Hearing offers suggestions for reducing Medicare waste, fraud

    Errors, waste, and fraud in the Medicare system was the topic of conversation before the House Ways and Means Subcommittees on Health and Oversight today.

  • CMS Senior Exec says it’s all about the outcomes

    ”Performance management isn’t just a good government idea, it quite frankly is a matter of surviving and hopefully thriving,” says Michelle Snyder, deputy chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  • Boughn aims to bring CMS systems out of the 1970s

    She says it’s complex to change their current technology environment.

  • President Obama to bypass Senate on CMS nominee

    The White House announced late Tuesday that President Barack Obama will use a recess appointment to make Donald Berwick administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  • Recovery Board’s success inspires others

    OMB is using the same data analysis tools to monitor stimulus spending at CMS to reduce their improper payments. Other agencies also are taking advantage of the lessons learned from the creation and operation of the board. also will receive new features this fall to let citizens track individual projects on their own websites.

  • Agency services lack consistency, coordination

    OMB finds that most website and call center operations are separate and don’t work well together. Some agencies are following the private sector’s lead by offering multiple channels to serve citizens. CMS and GSA both use online tools to answer questions more quickly and reliably.