October 18, 2017

CMS chief visits Hartford for feedback on agency regs

Seema Verma, administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), visited Hartford Hospital Monday to talk with physicians and experts from Hartford HealthCare, the Connecticut State Medical Society and other healthcare organizations for feedback on CMS and how it can ease regulatory burdens for caregivers.

Verma's stop in Hartford kicked off a national listening tour.

Verma sought input from myriad experts on their experiences with CMS and ideas for improvement. Participants discussed developing more consistent quality measures, facilitating care integration, enabling faster adoption of new technologies and treatments, strengthening support for Medicaid, and addressing Connecticut's opioid crisis.

HHC leaders who met with Verma included CEO Elliot Joseph; Dr. Rocco Orlando III, senior vice president and chief medical officer; Bimal Patel, senior vice president and Hartford region president; and Kimberly Harrison, vice president of public policy and government affairs.

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