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Provider Health Insurance Fraud Schemes, Settlements Top $310M

January 17, 2018 - 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 Medicare and Medicaid more than $310 million. The investigations led to criminal charges and one settlement to resolve False Claims Act allegations. Aggressive...


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HHS Pilot Encourages Streamlined Health Plan HIPAA Compliance

by Thomas Beaton

HHS is launching a pilot program that streamlines reviews of health plan HIPAA compliance, the organization announced in an email to the CMS listserv. The HHS HIPAA Administrative Simplification Optimization Project pilot is an effort to achieve...

Humana Adds Former ONC Chief Karen DeSalvo as Board Member

by Thomas Beaton

Former National Coordinator for Health IT and Assistant HHS Secretary Karen DeSalvo, will join Humana’s board of directors, the payer announced in a press release. Humana believes that the addition of DeSalvo to the board will improve its...

Top 5 Most Common Healthcare Provider Fraud Activities

by Thomas Beaton

Healthcare provider fraud is extraordinarily common and can be conducted at a shockingly large scale.  The largest healthcare provider fraud takedown in US history was announced just recently, resulting charges against 400 defendants in...

Providers Caught in Medicare Fraud Schemes Topping $200M

by Thomas Beaton

Law enforcement officials continue to crack down on Medicare fraud schemes that siphon millions of dollars from the programs, as individuals submit fraudulent claims or overcharge for unnecessary healthcare utilization. Federal law enforcement...

Alexander-Murray Bill Offers ACA Market Stabilization, Flexibilities

by Thomas Beaton

A new bipartisan bill proposed by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) is an attempt to stabilize and protect provisions of the ACA while allowing for greater state flexibility to manage healthcare. The Bipartisan Health Care...

Iowa Withdraws 1332 Waiver for Insurance Market Stabilization

by Thomas Beaton

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen has withdrawn his state’s application for a 1332 waiver to stabilize its insurance markets in 2018.   The proposed stopgap measure  included a single, standardized plan available to every...

Executive Order Eases ACA Rules on Association Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

An executive order signed by President Trump will lighten rules on association health plans (AHPs), which could allow groups of businesses to provide lower cost insurance without essential health benefits (EHBs), as reported by multiple news...

HHS Nixes Proposed Rule for Health Plan Compliance Documents

by Thomas Beaton

HHS has withdrawn a proposal for a rule that would have required controlling health plans (CHPs) to submit additional information and documentation demonstrating compliance with HHS operating rules, the agency posted in the Federal Register....

HHS to Spend $10M on Affordable Care Act Navigator Program

by Thomas Beaton

HHS and CMS announced that they will allocate $10 million to support the Affordable Care Act Navigator program, which helps health insurance consumers find coverage solutions during the Open Enrollment period. Launched in 2013, the Navigator...

CMS: Payers Will Have More Time to File 2018 Health Plan Rates

by Thomas Beaton

Payers still debating how uncertainty over cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies will alter their insurance prices now have more time to submit 2018 health plan rates, CMS announced in a letter to insurers. While the letter says there's...

CMS Approves State Capitated Medicaid Program in Florida

by Thomas Beaton

Florida received CMS approval to operate a state capitated Medicaid program and a low-income pool (LIP) to improve care for uninsured individuals, the federal agency announced. The state submitted a request to extend Florida’s Managed Medicaid...

DoJ Charges 412 in Medicare Fraud Schemes Totaling $1.3B

by Thomas Beaton

The Department of Justice (DoJ) announced the largest ever healthcare enforcement action in the history of the federal agency took place when the Medicare Fraud Strike Force (MFSF) charged 412 defendants for Medicare fraud losses totaling $1.3...

Increasing Competition Can Reduce Prescription Drug Prices

by Thomas Beaton

Reducing prescription drug prices for payers requires market-based solutions that increase competition and deregulate federal drug policies, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) wrote in a letter to HHS secretary Tom Price.  ...

Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund Depleted by 2029

by Thomas Beaton

A statement released by HHS and CMS’s Medicare Board of Trustees (MBT) indicates that the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund is likely to be depleted by the year 2029. The report suggests that the difference between Medicare income...

HHS Approves Alaska 1332 Waiver for State Reinsurance Program

by Thomas Beaton

Alaska will be able to move ahead with its plans to implement a state reinsurance program under a  1332 State Innovation Waiver, HHS confirmed this week.   The Alaska Reinsurance Program (ARP) will attempt to stabilize the state’s...

WI Medicaid Waiver Adds Drug Testing, Behavior Incentives

by Jesse Migneault

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will submit a section 1115 Medicaid waiver for the 2018 enrollment period that aims to add drug testing, healthy behavior incentives, and premium payments for certain beneficiaries. The waivers...

KY Medicaid Awarded for Exceeding Quality, Patient Care

by Jesse Migneault

Kentucky’s Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kentucky Medicaid has received an award from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its Medicaid managed care plan.  The award recognizes the plan’s service and clinical...

Medicare Fee-for-Service Program Improperly Paid $41.1B

by Thomas Beaton

Due to problems with oversight and contract issues, the Medicare Fee-for-Service Program wrongly made payments of $41.1 billion in 2016, according to a GAO report. Following an HHS report that initially found the inappropriate payments in the...

HHS Launches Webpage Detailing ACA Repeal Actions

by Thomas Beaton

HHS created a new online resource that highlights the regulatory and administrative actions the federal department has taken for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal. HHS believes that these actions are necessary to relieve burdens of the...

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