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Establishment of HCFA, Renamed CMS

The Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) has designated the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to administer the standards & compliance aspects of the Medicare & Medicaid programs. Created in 1977 as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), HCFA was named the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 14, 2001. The agency has the following responsibilities:

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