Excerpt: There are legitimate privacy concerns about the government's use of data. The U.S. and other governments around the world need to address how they collect, store, and use data from citizens and non-citizens alike. Several proposals before Congress attempt to reform U.S. surveillance practices, and this is an issue we must get right. But these important reforms should not be used as a tool to obstruct the uninterrupted flow of commercial data between countries.
Excerpt: With a series of questions and recommendations to ensure that the U.S. response to the risks posed by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is as effective as possible in protecting the public health and safety of the American people. Congress stands ready to serve as a strong and solid partner in solving this crisis. To read the letter, click here.
Excerpt: In FY2012, Medicaid financed the delivery of primary and acute medical services as well as long-term services and supports to an estimated 57 million people, and cost states and the federal government $431 billion. Today, federal taxpayers spend more general revenue on Medicaid than on Medicare, and the program covers more individuals than Medicare. Thus, effective oversight by CMS has grown even more important.
Excerpt: In the recent report, CMS announced that its Fraud Prevention System (FPS) has saved the agency over $210 million in fiscal 2013 by blocking improper Medicare reimbursements. White that seems like a large amount of money, in FY2014, Medicare costs will total about $603 billion dollars, or roughly $2.3 billion each business day.
Excerpt: The PPACA appropriated $5 million for Fiscal Year 2010 to CMMI for the selection, testing, and evaluation of new payment and service delivery models; and $10 billion for Fiscal Years 2011 through 2019, plus $10 billion for each subsequent 10-fiscal year period, to continue such activities and for the expansion and nationwide implementation of successful models.
Excerpt: A recent water emergency in Toledo, Ohio left 500,000 people, including families, hospitals, and businesses, unable to utilize drinking water provided by the public water system without risking negative health effects. We are deeply concerned by any threat to the water supply, and we appreciate the time and information your agency has devoted as we seek answers.