CMS Seeks Input On New Directions For Innovation Center
The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has sent out an informal "request for information" for ideas on new directions for the agency's CMS Innovation Center. Administrator Seema Verma says she's seeking new approaches to delivering health care that would promote competition based on quality and outcomes, and provide more transparency to consumers so they can better "shop for services."
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