2016-2025 Projections of National Health Expenditures Data Released

National health expenditure growth is expected to average 5.6 percent annually over 2016-2025, according to a report published as a ‘Web First’ by Health Affairs and authored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Office of the Actuary (OACT). These projections are constructed using a current-law framework and do not assume potential legislative changes over the projection period.

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CMS Launches Online Tool to Simplify Quality Payment Program for Clinicians


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a tool to share automatically electronic data for the Medicare Quality Payment Program. This new release is the first in a series that will be part of CMS’s ongoing efforts to spur the creation of innovative, customizable tools to reduce burden for clinicians, while also supporting high-quality care for patients.

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A Consumer’s Guide to Medicare’s New Rules on Doctor Pay


The federal government has issued final regulations that reform the way Medicare pays doctors. If the new rules achieve their intended goal, all Americans — and not just Medicare enrollees — could see improvements in the quality of their care.

The regulations, which were issued last month, stem from legislation Congress passed in April 2015 in an unusually strong bipartisan vote. The new payments will begin in 2019, but they will be based on quality measures physicians report starting in 2017.

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