CMS is pleased to announce the publication of the Medicare Drug Benefit and Medicare Advantage Program final rules.
This is a very special time for Medicare beneficiaries, full of many exciting program improvements and enhancements. Right now through the MMA, we have the best opportunity ever to make the Medicare program more personalized and up to date, and to keep it up to date. Two major steps toward fulfilling that opportunity are right here in the final regulations: the Medicare Drug Benefit and the Medicare Advantage Program (Titles I & II of the MMA). Along with the new Medicare Preventive benefits, these major program improvements bring Medicare's coverage up to date with 21st Century prevention-minded medicine.
To help navigate the regulations, CMS is providing easy-to-use tools through a newly established CMS website http://www.cms.hhs.gov/medicarereform/pdbma/.
This user-friendly website not only has a "General Information" link to the press releases, issue papers, fact sheets, and full copies and summaries of both regulations, but also has select information for groups such as States, Tribal Governments, Medicare Advantage Plans, Prescription Drug Plans, Providers and Partner organizations. Simply follow the menu and select the area that best matches your area of interest.
We hope you find this website helpful in ensuring that Medicare beneficiaries receive full advantage of these innovative Medicare program improvements.
Brenda Denman, Provider Outreach Coordinator
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Region VI
1301 Young St., Room 833, Dallas, TX 75202