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Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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Agency overview
FormedMarch 1977; 43 years ago (1977-03)
Preceding
  • Health Care Financing Administration (1977-2001)
HeadquartersWoodlawn, Baltimore County, Maryland
Employees6,000
Agency executive
Parent agencyDepartment of Health and Human Services
Websitewww.cms.gov Edit this at Wikidata

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and health insurance portability standards. In addition to these programs, CMS has other responsibilities, including the administrative simplification standards from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), quality standards in long-term care facilities (more commonly referred to as nursing homes) through its survey and certification process, clinical laboratory quality standards under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, and oversight of HealthCare.gov. CMS was previously known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) until 2001.

History

Originally, the name "Medicare" in the United States referred to a program providing medical care for families of people serving in the military as part of the Dependents' Medical Care Act, which was passed in 1956.[2] President Dwight D. Eisenhower held the first White House Conference on Aging in January 1961, in which creating a health care program for social security beneficiaries was proposed.[3][4]

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments on July 30, 1965, establishing both Medicare and Medicaid. Arthur E. Hess, a deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration, was named as first director of the Bureau of Health Insurance in 1965, placing him as the first executive in charge of the Medicare program. At the time, the program provided health insurance to 19 million Americans.[5] The Social Security Administration (SSA) became responsible for the administration of Medicare and the Social and Rehabilitation Service (SRS) became responsible for the administration of Medicaid. Both agencies were organized under what was then known as the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW).

In March 1977, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) was established under HEW.[6] HCFA became responsible for the coordination of Medicare and Medicaid. The responsibility for enrolling beneficiaries into Medicare and processing premium payments remained with SSA.

HCFA was renamed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on July 1, 2001.[6]

Workforce

CMS employs over 6,000 people, of whom about 4,000 are located at its headquarters in Woodlawn, Maryland. The remaining employees are located in the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C., the 10 regional offices listed below, and in various field offices located throughout the United States.

The head of CMS is the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The position is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.[7]On March 13, 2017, Seema Verma was confirmed by the US Senate as Administrator of CMS.[8]

Regional offices

CMS has its headquarters in Woodlawn, Maryland, with 10 regional offices located throughout the United States:

See also

References

  1. ^ "Administrator". www.cms.gov. 24 April 2018. Archived from the original on 2 May 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Robinson, P. I. (1957). Medicare: Uniformed Services Program for Dependents. Social Security Bulletin, 20(7), 9-16.
  3. ^ Tibbits C. "The 1961 White House Conference on Aging: it's rationale, objectives, and procedures". J Am Geriatr Soc. 1960 May. 8:373-77
  4. ^ Mcnamara PAT, Dirksen EM, Church F, Muskie ES. The 1961 White House Conference on Aging: basic policy statements and recommendations / prepared for the Special Committee on Aging, United States Senate 87th Congress, 1st Session, Committee Print, May 15, 1961.
  5. ^ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. "Administrator Tenure Dates & Biographies" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-05-01.
  6. ^ a b "Administrator Tenure Dates & Biographies, 1965 -- 2015" (PDF). U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 2015-07-01. pp. 5, 13. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Kliff, Sarah (23 Nov 2011), "Medicare administrator Donald Berwick resigns in the face of Republican opposition", The Washington Post, archived from the original on 2016-03-11, retrieved 2011
  8. ^ "Indian-American Seema Verma to head Medicare and Medicaid, confirms Senate". www.connectedtoindia.com. Archived from the original on 15 March 2017. Retrieved 2018.
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[2]Robinson, P. I. (1957). Medicare: Uniformed Services Program for Dependents. Social Security Bulletin, 20(7), 9-16.

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