CMS Launches Podcast to Reach Stakeholders via Modern Platform

New podcast “CMS: Beyond the Policy” offers regular episodes that discuss agency updates and policies in a user-friendly medium

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched “CMS: Beyond the Policy,” a new podcast highlighting updates and changes to policies and programs in an easily accessible and conversational format. The podcast was created as a new method to explain the agency’s policies and programs.

“The new Beyond the Policy podcast demonstrates our commitment to transparency and outreach by presenting CMS-related policies, updates, and innovations on as many platforms as possible,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “This program is a direct response to stakeholders’ suggestions that a podcast would be a modern, user-friendly way to stay informed about CMS.”

CMS: Beyond the Policy’s inaugural episode focuses on Evaluation and Management Coding (E/M Codes). Last November, CMS finalized changes in the Calendar Year 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) as part of efforts to help create a more accessible, affordable and innovative healthcare system that delivers quality for patients and empowers them to make the best decisions about their healthcare. The Calendar Year 2019 PFS included significant changes to how doctors and other clinicians document office and outpatient visits billed to Medicare. These changes are part of CMS’s “Patients Over Paperwork” initiative and one of many steps CMS is taking to reduce the amount of burdensome regulations on physicians allowing them to focus on delivering the best quality care to their patients.

New episodes of the podcast will be released periodically and will welcome a range of subject-matter experts, stakeholders, and Administrator Verma herself.

The first episode of CMS: Beyond the Policy will be available for download on iTunes and Google Play in the coming days.

Recent News

IMS Board Holds Summer Retreat

This past weekend, the IMS Board of Directors held its July board meeting on the campus of Des Moines University (DMU) and its annual board retreat.

Medicaid MCO Transition Assistance

July 1 marked the scheduled transition of Medicaid administrators within the managed care system with UnitedHealthcare (UHC) ending active benefit administration and Iowa Total Care (ITC) beginning active patient operations.

New Laws Take Effect Monday

Several bills and Iowa statutes of interest to the medical community will go into effect July 1

MIPS Data Validation and Audit

Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Data Validation and Audit to begin June 2019 for Performance Years 2017 and 2018

GPCI Fix Legislation Introduced

IMS President-Elect Brian Privett joined Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer for Cedar Rapids press conference to introduce new bill.

CMS RFI on Reducing Administrative Burden

CMS seeks input on are reporting and documentation requirements, prior authorization requirements, and policies for dually enrolled beneficiaries.

Got News?

Is there something you think we should be covering? What would you like to see IMS report on? Click here to let us know.