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Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program May Have Cost Concerns

October 18, 2018 - The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) may not fully cover provider costs needed to administer classes and other programs to prevent diabetes among Medicare members, says a new report from the University of Colorado (UC) School of Medicine. The team found that there is a $661 gap between provider reimbursements and the costs of delivering the MDPP to Medicare beneficiaries...


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Medicare Deductibles, Premiums to Increase Slightly in 2019

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has announced that Medicare Part A and Part B premiums and deductibles are expected to increase slightly for the 2019 plan year. Part B members will see small increases in both their premiums and their deductibles, while Part A...

CMS Releases 2019 Medicare Advantage Health Plan Star Ratings

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has released its 2019 star ratings for Medicare Advantage (MA) health plans, noting that the Medicare Advantage market continues to grow in affordability and access for consumers. CMS estimates that 74 percent of MA beneficiaries will...

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...

DaVita Medical to Pay $270M for Improper Medicare Advantage Payments

by Thomas Beaton

DaVita Medical Group has agreed to pay $270 million to the Medicare program after identifying suspect billing practices that incorrectly raised its Medicare Advantage payments, says the Department of Justice (DOJ). The improper MA...

OIG Finds Profits to Blame for Denied Medicare Advantage Claims

by Thomas Beaton

Fifty-six percent of Medicare Advantage (MA) payers inappropriately denied claims from beneficiaries and providers to potentially profit from the capitated payment system, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General...

Medicare Advantage Premiums to Decrease by 6% in 2019

by Thomas Beaton

CMS officially announced a six-percent decrease in Medicare Advantage premiums in 2019 as the result of MA enrollment, health plan options, and benefits increase. All signs point to the MA marketplace continuing to be a lucrative...

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...

Earning Top Medicare Advantage Ratings Requires Data, Ambitious Goals

by Thomas Beaton

Succeeding in the highly competitive Medicare Advantage (MA) market requires more than just a sense that there are financial gains to be had in this growing health insurance segment. Payers that wish to reap some of the many financial...

MedPAC to Explore if Hospital Consolidation Impacts Medicare Costs

by Thomas Beaton

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has asked the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to investigate whether or not hospital consolidation increases Medicare spending. In a letter to MedPAC, Representatives Greg Walden...

How Payers Can Improve the Value of Long-Term Support Services

by Thomas Beaton

Providing long-term support services (LTSS) impact commercial payers who need to address complications and billions in costs associated with this kind of care. In 2016, the United States spent $92.4 billion on home health care services...

CPC+ Model Offers Payers Insight into Population Health Management

by Thomas Beaton

CMS’s Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model may offer lessons and strategies for payers that want to increase primary care efficiency with population health management strategies. The CPC+ model is the nation’s largest...

AMA Expresses Concern with Medicare Part D Formulary Changes

by Thomas Beaton

New Medicare Part D formulary policies introduced by CMS in August may increase patient safety risks and complicate the prior authorization process, said AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, MD, to HealthPayerIntelligence.com. In an emailed...

Next Generation ACO Model Saved Medicare $62M in 2016

by Thomas Beaton

Next Generation Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) saved the Medicare program $62 million during their first year of operation in 2016, encouraging CMS to expand downside risk models across Medicare. Next Generation ACOs accept the...

Payers, Providers Create New Medicare Advantage Partnerships

by Thomas Beaton

New Medicare Advantage plans, many born of innovative partnerships between payers and providers, are creating more options for beneficiaries to supplement their existing coverage with high-value offerings. Commercial payers operating in...

Anthem, Walmart Partner for Over-the-Counter Drug Allowance

by Thomas Beaton

A new partnership between Anthem and Walmart will allow Medicare Advantage beneficiaries to purchase over-the-counter drugs and other drug store necessities with a plan allowance. Starting in January of 2019, Anthem beneficiaries will be...

Top 10 Highest Performing Medicare Advantage Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are growing in popularity as an aging consumer population seeks comprehensive coverage for acute and chronic care needs. A competitive, lucrative market for high-performing plans has emerged, giving payers an...

Medicare Advantage Part B Plans Can Use Drug Step Therapy

by Thomas Beaton

CMS is allowing Medicare Advantage (MA) health plans to implement step therapy protocols in order to decrease prescription drug spending. On January 1, 2019, MA health plans can apply step therapy guidelines for physician-administered...

Only 22% of Medicare Advantage Customers Aware of Star Ratings

by Thomas Beaton

Only 22 percent of Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries are familiar with how star ratings work and increasing consumer awareness about star ratings would help beneficiaries choose high quality plans, according to a new Healthmine...

Medicare Part D Premiums Expected to Decline in 2019

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has announced that monthly Medicare Part D premiums are expected to fall from $33.59 in 2018 to $32.50 in 2019 as new policies to reduce Medicare’s drug costs take effect. Earlier in 2018, CMS issued a final rule that made...

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