Ready to have your Medicare brought to you from the good folks at
HADES? That was one of the humorous trial balloons floated after
Secretary of Health & Human Services Tommy Thompson announced his desire
to find a new name for the Health Care Financing Administration
Seems Thompson isn't enamored with the reputation of the agency that
administers the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Part of his drive to
change HCFA's bureaucratic culture included sponsoring a contest within
the agency to change its name (pronounced hick-fur).
Some GOPers came up with their own ideas to assist Thompson including
the staff of Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM), which contributed Health And
Death Evaluation Services.
The winning entry was the more pedestrian Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services, shortened to CMS to be more speech friendly.
But until HCFA - oops, CMS - really changes its ways, you can bet many
healthcare providers tormented by its regulations and paperwork
requirements will be thinking that such red tape could only come from