CMS pledge to put patients first.

We pledge to put patients first in all of our programs – Medicaid, Medicare, and the Health Insurance Exchanges. To do this, we must empower patients to work with their doctors and make health care decisions that are best for them.

This means giving them meaningful information about quality and costs to be active health care consumers. It also includes supporting innovative approaches to improving quality, accessibility, and affordability, while finding the best ways to use innovative technology to support patient-centered care. Learn more

Register today for the “Public Reporting on Physician Compare: What you need to know” webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a third 60-minute Physician Compare webinar about public reporting on Physician Compare and information in the pipeline for potential inclusion on Physician Compare in late 2018, including Year 1 Quality Payment Program performance information. Specifically, the webinar will cover:
•    Overview of public reporting on Physician Compare
•    Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) on Physician Compare
•    Upcoming 30-day Preview Period
The topics presented will be the same as those presented in the July 24th and July 26th webinars.
The webinar will be conducted via WebEx:
•    Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 3:00 pm ET/ 12:00 pm PT
Register today for the session.
To learn more about public reporting on Physician Compare, visit our Initiative page where you can find resources and documents, including information about the 2016 performance information currently available on Physician Compare.


CT OHS SIM Conducts Patient Experience Survey to Improve Primary Care

Connecticut patients from across the state will be asked to share their experiences with the healthcare system as part of a new survey. The survey will focus on patients who have received care through a Federally-Qualified Health Center or an Advanced Network, a medical group that is partnering with a payer, such as a health plan.
Patients’ responses will help evaluate the impact of recent State Innovation Model (SIM) efforts to enhance the primary care experience. The data also will assist health plans in rewarding performance under shared savings contracts and be shared through a public scorecard.
Part of the Office of Health Strategy,  the SIM is working with UCONN and the Yale School of Public Health to conduct the survey.  A sample of patients from provider groups throughout the state, including each Advanced Network and Federally Qualified Health Center, will be contacted by e-mail, mail, or telephone to answer questions about their care experiences.

Hearing patients’ input will help guide the OHS-SIM and primary care teams as they continue to transform primary care in ways that improve health and care quality, spend dollars more wisely and achieve health equity.  All patient responses are confidential.
For questions or more information, please contact Stephanie Burnham of the Office of Health Strategy by phone at (860) 331-2474 or by email at


New Medicare Card Project – Important Updates

CMS has started mailing newly-designed Medicare Cards with the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) or Medicare Number.  All providers systems need to be able to accept the new MBIs.  Check often for the most up-to-date information. 


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