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CMS Proposes to Deregulate, Fast Track Medicaid Managed Care Programs

November 9, 2018 - CMS has proposed a new rule to reduce regulation around Medicaid managed care programs and allow states to contract with private payers to deliver managed care at faster rates. CMS developed the rule in coordination with the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) to address common administrative burdens for managed care programs. The agency explained that reducing...


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Poor Data Quality in CA Medicaid Drives $4B in Improper Payments

by Thomas Beaton

California's Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, made over $4 billion in improper payments to cover benefits for ineligible beneficiaries because of poor data quality and insufficient oversight, according to a new report from state...

Commercial, Managed Care Insurance Sectors Profits Boom in Q3

by Thomas Beaton

Commercial and managed care payers experienced significant third quarter profits, reductions in healthcare spending, and enrollment growth, according to the latest financial statements from insurance companies. Medicare Advantage (MA),...

CMS Grants NC 1115 Medicaid Waiver to Implement Managed Care System

by Thomas Beaton

North Carolina has received a 1115 waiver from CMS allowing the state to implement a Medicaid managed care system administered through private payers. The state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) can now recruit...

PBMs, Specialized Formularies Reduce Managed Care Prescription Costs

by Thomas Beaton

Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) with specialized drug formularies can help managed care payers significantly reduce prescription drug costs, according to new research published in the Journal of Managed Care and Speciality Pharmacy. The...

Engagement, Data Analytics Cut Opioid Dependency in Managed Care

by Thomas Beaton

AmeriHealth Caritas has successfully reduced opioid dependency rates among managed care beneficiaries through member engagement and data analytics techniques that promote alternatives to opioid treatments. The payer’s Opioid...

Administrative Plan Costs for Managed Care Payers Jumped 5.7% in 2017

by Thomas Beaton

Managed care payers experienced a 5.7 percent increase in administrative plan costs in 2017, for items such as staffing and customer service support, according to an analysis from the Sherlock Company. Spikes in Medicaid enrollment...

Medicaid Beneficiaries Face Significant Food Insecurity Challenges

by Thomas Beaton

Medicaid beneficiaries face significant food insecurity challenges and may require additional healthcare programs to reduce food insecurity risks, according to new research from the Root Cause Coalition. Many Medicaid beneficiaries...

Private Insurance Spending Has Outpaced Public Spending Since 2016

by Thomas Beaton

Private insurance spending has grown faster than Medicare and Medicaid spending since 2016, even though national enrollment has plateaued, says a new report from Altarum. The report suggests that higher per-enrollee spending, plus...

Managed Care Payers Struggle to Staff Long Term Support Services

by Thomas Beaton

Managed care payers and state Medicaid agencies are finding it difficult to find personnel to administer long-term support services (LTSS) within home and community-based settings (HCBS), says a new GAO report. Currently, Medicaid spends...

How Managed Care Payers Can Improve Substance Use Treatment

by Thomas Beaton

Managed care payers can use data analytics, case management strategies, and patient engagement tools to address the needs of high-risk individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs), states a new report from the Association for Community...

Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligible Care Models Aim to Coordinate Care

by Thomas Beaton

Medicare and Medicaid dual-eligible care models provide extensive care coordination to ensure beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions can access healthcare services, according to a new AHIP report.   Twelve million Americans...

1115 Medicaid Demonstrations Should be Budget-Neutral, CMS Says

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has issued new guidelines for state officials around creating budget-neutral 1115 Medicaid demonstrations. CMS informed state governments that the agency will use a formalized methodology to determine if 1115 demonstrations are a...

CMS Processes State Medicaid Requests, Approvals 23% Faster

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has announced that an agency initiative to streamline state Medicaid approvals and state plan amendments (SPAs) has increased approval processing speed by 23 percent. In 2017, CMS sent a bulletin to state Medicaid programs informing...

OH Medicaid Adopts Pass-Through Model for Managed Care Drugs

by Thomas Beaton

Ohio’s Medicaid program has issued a mandate that requires managed care health plans to re-negotiate pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) contracts to transition from a spread-pricing drug purchasing model to a pass-through model. The...

Managed Care Accounted for 38% of Medicaid Spending in 2012

by Thomas Beaton

Medicaid managed care accounted for 38 percent of total Medicaid spending in 2012, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis. The report found that the majority of states in the US have implemented some form of a managed care...

Rhode Island Aims to Expand Value-Based Care in Medicaid Program

by Thomas Beaton

Rhode Island officials have requested an extension of a 1115 demonstration from CMS to expand the use of value-based care within the state’s Medicaid program. State Medicaid administrators are looking to add new value-based care...

CMS Proposed Rule Cuts State Authority to Divert Medicaid Payments

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has proposed a new rule that would eliminate a state’s authority to divert Medicaid payments away from providers. The rule is intended to ensure beneficiaries have adequate access to healthcare services through direct...

Medicare, Medicaid Home Health Benefits Stabilize Care Costs

by Thomas Beaton

Providing extended home health benefits for Medicare beneficiaries is likely to stabilize care costs for public payer programs, according to a new analysis from the Commonwealth Fund. Researchers from the Hilltop Institute and Johns...

Federal Court Strikes KY 1115 Medicaid Waiver Work Requirements

by Thomas Beaton

The US District Court for the District of Columbia has blocked Kentucky from implementing work requirements within its 1115 Medicaid waiver demonstration, despite CMS approval of the community engagement provisions. The court ruled that...

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