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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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.

Review Date: July 06, 2011

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Office of Inspector General

The Office of Inspector General's (OIG) mission is to protect the integrity of Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) programs as well as the health and welfare of program beneficiaries. OIG is the largest inspector general's office in the Federal Government, with more than 1,700 employees dedicated to combating fraud, waste and abuse and to improving the efficiency of HHS programs. A majority of OIG's resources goes toward the oversight of Medicare and Medicaid — programs that represent a significant part of the Federal budget and that affect this country's most vulnerable citizens. The OIG Hotline accepts tips from all sources about potential fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in Department of Health & Human Services' programs. OIG's oversight extends to programs under other HHS institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration.

Review Date: August 17, 2011

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Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration provides public information materials about the Social Security and supplemental security income (SSI) programs, as well as information on /entitlement to Medicare. Inquiries concerning the Social Security and SSI programs can be directed to the Office of Communications. Inquiries about the Medicare program should be directed to Health Care Financing Administration, Office of Beneficiary Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244. At the local level, inquiries can be made to any Social Security office.

Review Date: August 21, 2008

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS works closely with state and local governments, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by state or county agencies, or through private sector grantees. The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. In addition to the services they deliver, the HHS programs provide for equitable treatment of beneficiaries nationwide, and they enable the collection of national health and other data.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

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Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.

The Center for Health Care Strategies promotes high quality health care services for low-income populations and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. CHCS achieve this objective through technical assistance, training, and targeted grant making to state purchasers of publicly financed health care, health plans, and consumer groups. Its program priorities are: improving quality, reducing racial and ethnic disparities, and increasing community options for people with disabilities.

Review Date: February 05, 2009

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National Association of State Medicaid Directors

The National Association of State Medicaid Directors (NASMD) is a bi-partisan, professional, non-profit organization of representatives of state Medicaid agencies. The primary purposes of NASMD are to serve as a focal point of communication between the states and the federal government and to provide an information network among the states on issues pertinent to the Medicaid program. NASMD is comprised of the officials who administer the Medicaid program in the states, the District of Columbia, and territories.

Review Date: February 09, 2009

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