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6.4 Million Enrollees Sign Up on Affordable Care Act Exchanges

December 28, 2016 - As of December 21, a total of 6.4 million consumers have enrolled in health plans through the Affordable Care Act exchanges on HealthCare.gov, reported the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in a fact sheet. The number of enrollees is higher by 400,000 people when compared to 2015 during the same time period. Consumers looking to sign up for health plans through the Affordable...


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CMS Halts on Changing Medicare Part B Prescription Guidelines

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) reported on December 16 that a finalized rule for the prior proposal to test new models for prescription drug payments under Medicare Part B has been scrapped. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

Senate, House of Representatives Pass 21st Century Cures Act

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This week, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act. President Obama signed the legislation into law on Tuesday, December 13. The 21st Century Cures Act passed with bipartisan support 94-5 in the Senate and 392-26 in the House of Representatives....

How the 21st Century Cures Act will Impact Healthcare Payers

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Last week, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act by 392-26 votes. The 21st Century Cures Act affects the health insurance market through a provision that establishes small business health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs),...

How to Fix Obama’s Affordable Care Act Without a Repeal

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Now that a new President and a Republican-controlled Congress has been elected, what does the future for healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) look like? What will happen to the Affordable Care Act cannot be answered simply since...

House Speaker Paul Ryan Proposes a Privatized Medicare System

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House Speaker Paul Ryan announced in an interview with Fox News Channel several days after the presidential election that the Republican-controlled Congress and White House will look to create a privatized Medicare system and cut funding from...

CMS Releases Final Rule for Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

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Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule that updates a number of reimbursement policies and rates under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), a CMS press release states. The new payment policies...

Premium Rates on Affordable Care Act Exchanges Rise 25% in 2017

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Monthly premium costs on the Affordable Care Act exchanges is expected to rise an average of 25 percent in 2017, according to a report from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). This percentage is based solely on the premiums for...

CMS Comprehensive Primary Care Program Gained $57M in Savings

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Dr. Patrick Conway, Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced in The CMS Blog that 95 percent of all primary care practices participating in the Comprehensive...

New Leadership at Veterans Affairs Results from Transfers

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One public health payer that has had a wide amount of controversy regarding its operations is Veterans Affairs. The latest controversy comes regarding the Veterans Affairs claim that it has new leadership and leadership teams. USA Today conducted...

How Stakeholder Input on Quality Payment Program Differs

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At the end of last week, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released a final rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and its policies on the new Quality Payment Program. HHS reiterated in a press...

HHS, CMS Announce Finalized Ruling for MACRA Legislation

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The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced in a press release the discharge of the final ruling on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The MACRA legislation replaces the flawed Sustainable Growth...

VT All-Payer Model Aligns Costs for Public, Private Insurers

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The state of Vermont is moving forward with establishing an all-payer model that uses accountable care organizations and ensures a provider is reimbursed by an equal amount among all healthcare payers for a particular service. The Vermont government...

49M Americans Risk Losing Fixed Indemnity Health Insurance

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A new proposed rule called Expatriate Health Plans, Expatriate Health Plan Issuers, and Qualified Expatriates; Excepted Benefits; Lifetime and Annual Limits; and Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance may negatively impact access to fixed indemnity...

Medicare Advantage Premiums Drop 13% Due to Affordable Care Act

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a press release late last week that the average Medicare Advantage monthly premium will be 13 percent lower in 2017 than before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...

Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Program Selects Anthem BCBS

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has selected Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado as a participant for their Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative, according to a company press release. The Comprehensive...

Lawmakers Push for Public Option on Health Insurance Exchanges

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A total of five senators and multiple organizations are looking to create a public option for healthcare coverage to be available among all Americans purchasing insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges. Senators...

CMS Accountable Health Communities Model Stresses Social Needs

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This past January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new funding opportunity for a program called the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model, which focuses solely on the social needs of Medicare and Medicaid...

CMS Reveals 4 Options for Quality Payment Program Participation

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working toward assisting healthcare providers in meeting some new regulations that are part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The meaningful use program...

CMS Grants Navigators $63M to Boost Health Insurance Marketplace

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a press release earlier this week that it will be providing $63 million in grants to both new and older organizations returning to offer health plans through the public health...

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