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CMS Releases Proposed Medicare Advantage, Part D Changes

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has released the second part of its proposed Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Part D changes, which include administrative upgrades to assist with combating the nation’s the opioid crisis and allowing payers to incorporate...

Academy of Actuaries Reaffirms Association Health Plan Risks

by Thomas Beaton

The American Academy of Actuaries released a statement reaffirming its concerns with expanding association health plan (AHPs) availability in light of perceived risks to the individual insurance marketplace. The statement precedes...

ACA Implementation Led to Varied Out-of-Pocket, Premium Spending

by Thomas Beaton

Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation led to an 11.9-percent decrease in out-of-pocket spending but also a 12.1-percent increase in premium spending totals, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The landmark...

VA, HHS Announce Healthcare Fraud Prevention Partnership

by Thomas Beaton

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), HHS, and CMS agreed to participate in a healthcare fraud prevention partnership that leverages data sharing to identify fraud and abuse within healthcare programs they collectively oversee. The...

Healthcare Orgs Commend Vote to Fund CHIP for 6 Years

by Thomas Beaton

A number of healthcare stakeholders and provider groups have praised bipartisan legislation that re-authorizes CHIP funding for the next six years. Democratic members of the House and Senate agreed to pass a stopgap government funding...

Aetna Agrees to $17M Settlement in HIV Privacy Data Breach

by Thomas Beaton

Aetna has agreed to pay $17,161,200 in a settlement involving allegations that the payer exposed private HIV information for more than 12,000 beneficiaries. The final terms of the settlement require Aetna to break up the total settlement...

AHA Makes Suggestions for In-State Insurance Market Stabilization

by Thomas Beaton

In order to stabilize in-state insurance markets, stakeholders should consider strategies including reinsurance, Medicaid-sponsored health plans, and high-risk pools, according to the AHA. Several factors are contributing to unstable...

AMGA: Align Quality, Performance across Medicare Advantage, ACOs

by Thomas Beaton

CMS should work to align quality and performance standards across all Medicare programs, including Medicare Advantage (MA) and the Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) initiatives, says AMGA. In a letter issued in response to...

GAO: Medicaid Home, Community Care Create Financial Conflicts

by Thomas Beaton

Home and community-based services (HCBS) programs funded by Medicaid require additional protections from possible financial conflicts of interest, a new GAO report found. Program assessors, including HCBS providers, state and local...

Provider Health Insurance Fraud Schemes, Settlements Top $310M

by Thomas Beaton

Law enforcement agencies and federal healthcare administrators including HHS, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the FBI, and US Attorney's Offices across the country investigated provider healthcare schemes that defrauded...

KY Gets Approval for 1115 Medicaid Waiver with Work Requirements

by Thomas Beaton

Kentucky is the first state to receive approval for a 1115 Medicaid waiver demonstration that adds work requirements in order for able-bodied adults to be eligible for the public health insurance program. The Kentucky Health program...

VA Updates Emergency Care Reimbursement, Payment Activities

by Thomas Beaton

The VA has announced that it will expand provider payment eligibility for emergency treatment services and make  administrative and regulatory changes aimed at creating payment process improvements. The January 9th, 2018 rule extends...

CMS to Test Medicaid Waiver “Community Engagement” Incentives

by Thomas Beaton

CMS plans to support the addition of “community engagement” incentives to state 1115 Medicaid waivers that contain work eligibility requirements for able-bodied adults, the agency announced in a press release. The new policy...

VA Union: Investigate $90M in Third-Party Contractor Payments

by Thomas Beaton

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has sent a letter to VA leadership proposing an investigation into $90 million of improper payments made to the third-party contractors of the Veteran’s Choice program. The...

Expanding Air Ambulance Service May Help Payers Control Costs

by Thomas Beaton

Expanding air ambulance benefits may help payers lower beneficiary premiums and help beneficiaries avoid several thousand dollars in out-of-pocket healthcare spending. An air ambulance costs between $12,000 to $25,000 per flight to...

Proposed Rule Details Association Health Plan Expansion Guidelines

by Thomas Beaton

The Department of Labor (DoL) released a proposed rule that allows small businesses and employee groups to purchase association health plans (AHPs) in lieu of employer-sponsored or individual health insurance. The rule follows an...

Healthcare Insurance Market Profits May Hold Steady in 2018

by Thomas Beaton

Certain segments of the healthcare insurance market, including employer-sponsored insurance and Medicare Advantage (MA), will help to stabilize payer profitability in 2018, predicts a report by A.M. Best. The gains from these sectors are...

Affordable Care Act Changes May Bring a Rocky 2018 for Payers

by Thomas Beaton

2017 was a turbulent year for the Affordable Care Act.  Legislative battles in Congress, fluctuating support from healthcare stakeholders, and threats of repeal have left many payers facing an uncertain future. Even though Congress...

MS Awarded 10-Year Extension of 1115 State Medicaid Waiver

by Thomas Beaton

Mississippi will be the first state to receive a 10-year extension of a 1115 Medicaid waiver, CMS announced.  The waiver originally implemented in 2003, expands eligibility requirements for individuals who can receive family planning...

DoJ Recovered $2.4B from Healthcare Fraud Schemes in 2017

by Thomas Beaton

The Department of Justice (DoJ) recovered $2.4 billion from federal healthcare fraud cases during 2017, the agency announced in a press release. Healthcare-related fraud recoveries accounted for 64 percent of the DoJ’s $3.7 billion...

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