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Humana, Walgreens Offer Primary Care Clinics for Medicare Members

June 21, 2018 - Humana and Walgreens have announced the launch of two primary care clinics, designed to meet the needs of Medicare beneficiaries, that will operate within Walgreens locations in the Kansas City area. The collaboration, led by a Humana subsidiary called Partners in Primary Care, will launch the clinics in the fall of 2018.  The clinics specialize in integration of primary, pharmacy, and...


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AHIP, BCBSA, AMA Join to Improve Public, Private Payer Ecosystem

by Thomas Beaton

The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future (PAHCF), a newly formed coalition, consisting of leading healthcare provider societies and payer organizations, has committed to strengthening the nation’s private and public payer...

Medicare Bundled Payment Programs Primed to Produce Savings

by Thomas Beaton

Medicare’s bundled payment programs are in an opportune position to produce additional savings and create a more cost-effective public payer program with certain revisions, a new white paper from USC Brookings explains. CMS’s current...

Unstable Future Predicted for Medicare, Depletion by 2026

by Thomas Beaton

The Medicare Board of Trustees (MBT)’s latest report anticipates that Medicare’s Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund will deplete by the year 2026 as Medicare spending continues to outgrow the trust’s collective revenues. The...

HHS Made Nearly $90B in Improper Payments to Medicaid, Medicare

by Thomas Beaton

HHS made approximately $90 billion in improper payments to Medicaid and Medicare programs during 2017 and may require updated payment evaluation procedures to address improper payments, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found....

MSSP ACOs Taking on Downside Risk See Smaller Savings

by Thomas Beaton

Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs that take on downside risk generate smaller savings than upside risk ACOs, according a Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform (CHQPR) analysis. In 2016, the average annual cost of care per...

WellCare Buys Meridian for $2.5B to Grow Medicaid Footprint

by Thomas Beaton

WellCare has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Meridian Health Plan of Michigan, Meridian Health Plan of Illinois, and MeridianRx in order to increase revenues and expand its footprint in the Medicaid and Medicare Advantage markets....

GAO Appoints Public Policy, Payment Experts to MedPAC

by Thomas Beaton

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has appointed five new public policy and healthcare payment experts to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). GAO chief Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, is confident...

CMS Highlights Drug Price Transparency Data Dashboards

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has released redesigned drug price dashboards to provide information about manufacturer drug costs and advance the agency’s goals of promoting consumer price transparency. Patients, providers, and researchers are able to explore data...

MD Extends All-Payer Model, Targets $1B in Medicare Savings

by Thomas Beaton

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and CMS have announced a five year extension of the state’s All-Payer Model, targeting an additional $1 billion in Medicare savings over the coming years, according to a public statement from Hogan’s...

More Competition May Benefit Medicare Advantage Bidding Process

by Thomas Beaton

The Medicare Advantage (MA) bidding process requires more competition to increase the availability of high quality MA plans for beneficiaries and reduce federal spending, according to a new Brookings Institute report. Brookings analysts believe...

CMS Increases Payments for Durable Medical Equipment

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has issued an interim final rule that raises Medicare payments for durable medical equipment (DME) to ensure Medicare beneficiaries have access to critical medical devices. The rule will raise DME payments to Medicare providers from June...

Medicare Advantage Data Transparency Can Enhance Insights

by Thomas Beaton

Expanding Medicare Advantage data transparency may allow researchers to gain more comprehensive insights into cost and quality within the popular MA program. Healthcare experts and academic organizations currently have limited Medicare Advantage...

Medicare Advantage, Premium Revenues Drive Q1 Payer Profits

by Thomas Beaton

Healthcare payers experienced strong first quarter profits in 2018 because of sharp growth in Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment and premium revenues, according to newly released earnings statements. The reports confirm the stability and profitability...

CMS Releases Medicare Advantage Encounter Data to the Public

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has planned to release Medicare Advantage encounter data so that researchers and consumers have the ability to make informed opinions about the cost and healthcare outcomes of the MA program. The agency will allow researchers to access 2015...

Senate Bill Proposes Medicare Health Plan for All Ages

by Thomas Beaton

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), with sponsorship from 11 other Democrats, has introduced a bill to create a Medicare health plan for all ages that would be offered in state and federal health exchanges, as well as the employer-sponsored market....

HHS Must Address Adverse Selection in Medicaid, Medicare Renal Care

by Thomas Beaton

AHIP is urging HHS secretary Alex Azar to address adverse selection related to Medicaid or Medicare end stage renal disease (ESRD) in order to ensure that vulnerable beneficiaries continue to receive appropriate healthcare services. AHIP asserted...

How Payers Can Add More Value to Medicare Advantage Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

Payers striving to compete in the Medicare Advantage (MA) market can add more value to their health plans by taking advantage of regulatory changes established under a new final rule. Starting in plan year 2019, payers can offer a greater variety...

CMS: Mix of Racial, Ethnic Disparities in Medicare Advantage

by Thomas Beaton

CMS found significant racial and ethnic disparities related to patient experience and chronic disease management in the Medicare Advantage (MA) program, revealing potential health equity concerns within MA. A report published by CMS and the RAND...

GAO Finds Several Medicare Beneficiary Data Vulnerabilities

by Thomas Beaton

CMS may have significant Medicare beneficiary data vulnerabilities because of security standards gaps within organizations that review and audit Medicare performance, a new GAO report found. GAO found security risks based on discrepancies in...

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