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CMS Bulletins

Friday, June 17th, 2016

ASPR TRACIE is sharing information released today from CMS Bulletins for Medicare Providers and for Medicaid Private Market with guidance on Zika virus. Please see below for more information.


CMS Bulletin for Medicare Providers:

The bulletin will serve to inform Medicaid agencies and interested stakeholders about how Medicaid services and authorities can help states and territories prevent, detect, and respond to the Zika virus, including efforts to prevent the transmission and address health risks to beneficiaries from the Zika virus.

The informational bulletin is publicly available, and can be accessed on at


CMS Bulletin for Medicaid Private Market:

Medicaid Family Planning Services and Supplies
SHO # 16-008

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to all State Health Officials (SHOs) to clarify previous guidance on the delivery of family planning services and supplies to all Medicaid beneficiaries.  This letter provides guidance on family planning services provided under both fee-for-service and managed care delivery systems; clarify the purpose of the family planning visit; offer strategies to reduce barriers to receiving family planning services and supplies; increase access to contraceptives and clarify policy regarding sterilization after delivery.

For more information on today’s SHO letter click here:



Release and launch webinar for the new resource “Providing Family planning Care for Non-Pregnant Clients of Reproductive AG in the Context of Zika: A Toolkit for Healthcare Providers” scheduled for Thursday, July 7.

Patient Safety Awareness

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Submitted by: Network and Advocacy Coordinator Michelle Burda

The United for Patient Safety campaign, initiated by National Patient Safety Foundation, highlights and reinforces the fact that everyone plays a role in keeping patients safe and free from harm.

Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is publicly sharing stories about medical errors made at the hospital in a blog, Safety Matters, with the intention that this will help reduce the risk of future mistakes.

Patient Safety Awareness Week will be observed this year March 13-19 with an emphasis on the message that “every day is patient safety day.”  Participate in the webcast, Patient Safety is a Public Health Issue Thursday March 17, 2016, 1:00 PM ET with national leaders in Patient Safety.

New Clinical Advisory Issued by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has suspended enrollment for the clinical study BMT CTN 0901 conducted by the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN) after preliminary data appeared to show benefit for one approach to the intensity of conditioning for allogeneic stem cell transplantations in patients eligible for the study:

Clinical Advisory from NHLBI

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

A clinical advisory from NHLBI was issued. Information is now available on several NLM websites.

·        NLM Homepage under “News & Events”

·        NIH Clinical Alerts and Advisories page:

·        Technical Bulletin: (under “In Brief”)

·        Direct link to the alert:

New Clinical Alert

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Commonly used three-drug regimen for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis found harmful NIH stops one treatment arm of trial; other two treatments to continue: