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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Biography

NC to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"

“From the standpoint of Medicare coverage and the health of our beneficiaries, the question isn’t whether obesity is a disease or a risk factor. What matters is whether there’s scientific evidence that an obesity-related medical treatment improves health.”

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), “HHS Announces Revised Medicare Obesity Coverage Policy,”, July 15, 2004


“The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ten Field offices reorganized in February 2007 moving from a geography-based structure to a Consortia structure based on the Agency’s key lines of business: Medicare health plans, Medicare financial management, Medicare fee for service operations, Medicaid and children’s health, survey & certification and quality improvement. The intent of the new structure is to improve performance through uniform issue management, consistent communication and leadership focused on achieving the Agency’s strategic action plan. Over the past year, the Field has made progress in these areas and more.”

“About Us,” (accessed Jan. 20, 2010)


“CMS central and regional offices share a common vision and mission as well as a shared commitment to the five key objectives outlined in the CMS Strategic Plan 2008 – 2012:

1. Skilled, Committed, and Highly Motivated Workforce,

2. Affordable Health Care System,

3. High-Value Health Care,

4. Confident, Informed Consumers and

5. Collaborative Partnerships.

The Field provides a capable, local presence necessary to achieve the Agency’s objectives and meet the constant challenges of serving approximately 90 million beneficiaries. The role of the CMS Field includes three key components: 1) representation, 2) protection and 3) monitoring.”

“About CMS,” (accessed Jan. 20, 2010)

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