Thursday, May 5, 2016

What is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)?

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What is CMS?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  It is a federal entity. CMS administers the following  programs:  Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The CMS website has videos that explain more about their mission and work:
short video
longer video (3.5 minutes) to learn a bit more about the programs CMS administers with examples.

CMS also provides and maintains the standards for Evaluation and Management (E&M) codes.
CPT codes (procedure codes) are owned and maintained by the American Medical Association (AMA).

CMS also maintains the Medicare Learning Network (MLN) on their outreach and education page.

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