The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), administers Medicare, Medicaid, related quality assurance programs, and other programs. It also makes certain that its beneficiaries are aware of the services for which they are eligible, that services are accessible, and that they are provided in an effective manner. CMS ensures that its policies and actions promote efficiency and quality within the total health care delivery system. Questions concerning Medicare or Medicaid can be made to the above number or sent by mail or electronic mail to the agency.
Publications include booklets describing the Medicare and Medicaid programs, available from local Social Security offices. Publications for professionals cover such topics as Medicare and Medicaid program statistics, diagnosis-related groups (DRGs), health care financing, and medical care utilization. Serial publications: Health Care Financing Review (journal), quarterly-research and demonstration projects and program statistics. HCFA also provides a number of public use files for download from its Web site.
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