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Chapter 6: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (1965–Present)

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (1965–Present)
The centers for medicare and medicaid services (1965–present)
Thomas R.Oliver

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is one of several important agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It helps pay for health services provided to more than 110 million Americans each year and is increasingly involved in shaping the organization, delivery, quality, and costs of health services for all Americans.

This chapter traces the agency's evolution since the mid-1960s, when the Medicare and Medicaid programs were established as part of the Great Society initiatives under President Lyndon B. Johnson (1963–1969). It begins by describing key administrative changes in the agency's history and its diverse contemporary portfolio of policies and programs and then outlines ...

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