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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244


ADMINISTRATORChiquita Brooks-LaSure
Principal Deputy AdministratorJonathan Blum

Chief of StaffErin Richardson
Chief Operating OfficerJonathan Blum

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posts an organizational chart in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.

The (CMS) administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with State governments to administer Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and health insurance portability standards.

The CMS has additional responsibilities. They include the administrative simplification standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA); quality standards in long-term care facilities (nursing homes) through the survey and certification process; and clinical laboratory quality standards as described in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments.

Sources of Information


The CMS has an official blog on its website.

Business Opportunities

The CMS posts contracting opportunities.

Career Opportunities

For information on career opportunities, visit the "Careers at CMS" web page.

In 2020, the CMS ranked 93d among 411 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Contact Information

The "Contact CMS" web page has phone numbers and web links to help visitors find answers to Medicare-related questions or solutions for program-related issues.

Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the CMS recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.


Many CMS forms are accessible online.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

To help health care providers understand the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health records (EHR) incentive programs, CMS has compiled a comprehensive list of FAQs and answers.


The CMS maintains a glossary that explains terms found on its website.

The "Acronyms" web page contains a list of acronyms that are found on the CMS website, as well as other acronyms that are used frequently. An acronym is a term formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the major parts of a longer compound term.


The CMS website gives a short history of the agency's programs.

Innovation Center

In 2010, Congress established the CMS Innovation Center (IC) to identify ways to improve healthcare quality and to reduce costs in the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Medicare and Medicaid programs. By using Congressionally-mandated demonstrations and CMS initiatives and models, the IC has accelerated a shift in priorities, a shift that rewards value over volume, in major programs belonging to the Nation's Government-managed healthcare systems.

Insurance for Children

Millions of children and teens qualify for free or low-cost health and dental coverage through the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Medicaid program.

Low Income Subsidy

The "Limited Income and Resources" web page answers questions about the Low Income Subsidy (LIS). The LIS helps Medicare participants pay for prescription drugs, and it lowers the costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage.


The CMS manages the website


The CMS manages the website

The Medicare Coverage Database contains all national coverage determinations and local coverage determinations, local articles, and proposed national coverage determination decisions. The database also includes several other types of national coverage policy-related documents, including national coverage analyses, coding analyses for labs, Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee proceedings, and Medicare coverage guidance documents.

The Medicare Learning Network has published the booklet "Medicare Fraud and Abuse: Prevent, Detect, Report" The CMS posted the booklet on its website in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.


The CMS posts news items on its website.

Regional Offices

Regional Offices are the State and local presence of the CMS. Regional field staff work with beneficiaries, healthcare providers, State governments, CMS contractors, community groups, and others, to educate and inform and to answer questions.

Social Media

CMS social media accounts are accessible on the "Press Kit" web page. CMS maintains a presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

Spirit of CMS

To mark the 50th anniversary (1965–2015) of Medicare and Medicaid, the CMS produced the video "Spirit of CMS." The stars are Amundam, Denita, Jim, Joanne, Jonathan, Lewis, and Rubi, each of whom is a dedicated CMS civil servant.