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Policy for Linking to Outside Websites

Linking Policy

Our website contains links to external sites. All external links to educational institutions (.edu), non-profit organizations (.org) and government agencies (.gov) are acceptable.

External links not listed above may be acceptable if the link does not refer to sites that are for commercial benefit, do not violate cms.hhs.gov data collection and privacy policies, and comply with the external sites terms of use. Please note that no CMS endorsement is implied by links to cms.hhs.gov from other organizations.

Points of consideration for external links include the following:

  • Relevance to HHS and agency activities and communication goals
  • Compliance with legal obligations
  • Sponsoring organization or person
  • Verification of information
  • Timeliness and review of information
  • Qualifications to provide health or human services information or advice
  • Disclaimers
  • Privacy
  • Separation of advertising and editorial content
  • Financial interests
  • Contact information or feedback mechanism
  • Registration and fees

Notification

By clicking links in the section labeled "Related Links Outside CMS," you will be leaving the cms.hhs.gov website. These external links are not the responsibility of, or under the control of, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  Some of these links may be to non-Federal government websites (.gov). CMS disclaims responsibility for the content and privacy policies of non-.gov websites.

Review

CMS reviews its external links on an on-going basis.