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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Centers for medicare and medicaid services

■ Introduction

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are responsible for oversight of the Medicare program, the federal portion of the Medicaid program, and related federal medical care quality control activities. Originally created as the Health Care Financing Administration in 1977, the administration of President George W. Bush renamed the agency as the CMS on July 1, 2001.

In October 2001 the CMS launched its toll-free phone number (800−633−4227), which provides service to beneficiaries twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The CMS also launched a ...

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