CMS stands for “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services”

This is a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The group administers:

  • Medicare
  • Works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Health insurance portability standards

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has additional responsibilities which include:

  • Administrative simplification standards from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
  • Administrative oversight of quality standards in long-term care facilities (also known as nursing homes)
  • Administrative oversight Clinical laboratory quality standards under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments
  • Administrative oversight of


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