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At CMS, the mission is broader than Medicare and Medicaid

from The Wall Street Journal

Is it time for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to change its name again? The Department of Health and Human Services agency known as CMS oversees Medicare and Medicaid, among other programs. It is responsible for a trillion dollars in annual spending, more than a hundred million beneficiaries, 39 percent of total health spending, and 43 percent of hospital revenues. Daily decisions at CMS can affect millions of lives and billions of dollars. But when CMS was formed in the Carter administration–as part of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare — it was called the Health Care Financing Administration. more


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