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.
Excerpt: Today, the Medicaid program provides health coverage to more than 67 million people, with over half of those individuals receiving coverage through a private managed care plan that contracts with a state’s Medicaid program. As a result, we believe it is important for Congress to better understand the growing and evolving role managed care plays in the Medicaid program.
Excerpt: The Secretary of Energy is responsible for establishing and carrying out EPAct05's Clean Coal Power Initiative and for helping to implement certain EPAct05 authorized clean coal tax provisions. In light of this, we seek to examine the Department of Energy's implementation of EPAct05 provisions relating to clean coal technologies and the information it developed for or shared with other federal entities relating to these provisions, particularly sections 402 and 1307 of EPAct05.
Excerpt: NRC commissioners and agency officials routinely state that our nation's nuclear plants are safe and characterize regulatory changes as "safety enhancements." In this context, deliberate and systematic cost benefit analysis is necessary to distinguish between changes that yield valid, identifiable safety benefits and changes that that merely result in unnecessary regulatory burden, diverting resources frommore safety-significant priorities.