Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Formed July 30, 1965; 53 years ago (1965-07-30)
Preceding agency Health Care Financing Administration (1977-2001)
Headquarters Woodlawn, Baltimore County, Maryland
Employees 4,100
Agency executive Seema Verma, Administrator[1]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), previously known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), is a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and health insurance portability standards.

In addition to these programs, CMS has other responsibilities, including the administrative simplification standards from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), quality standards in long-term care facilities (more commonly referred to as nursing homes) through its survey and certification process, clinical laboratory quality standards under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, and oversight of

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