Deputy CMS administrator to resign; Value-based purchasing increases payments for hospitals;

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> Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Deputy Administrator Cindy Mann will leave her post, according to The Hill. Vikki Wachino, who previously served as the program's deputy director, will temporarily take over the postArticle

> The U.S. Government Accountability Office announced the appointment of six new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. Announcement

> More than 1,500 hospitals saw increased payments under value-based purchasing, according to CMS. Announcement

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