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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...

Centene, Ascension Partner for Medicare Advantage Offering

by Thomas Beaton

Centene and Ascension have partnered to offer a Medicare Advantage plan across multiple geographic markets in 2020.   Centene Chairman and CEO Michael F. Neidorff believes that the partnership will showcase effective strategies to...

CMS Proposes Site-Neutral Payments, Drug Price Negotiation

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has proposed a rule that would expand the use of site-neutral payments and improve the drug price negotiation process with manufacturers in order to reduce Medicare’s overall spending. The new rule would allow Medicare to...

Generic Drugs Could Have Saved $3B for Medicare Part D Program

by Thomas Beaton

Using generic drugs instead of their brand-name equivalents could have saved the Medicare Part D program approximately $3 billion in 2016 alone, according to new data from HHS. A relatively small number of brand-name therapies is...

How Do Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplemental Insurance Differ?

by Thomas Beaton

Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare supplemental insurance, or Medigap, are both intended to enhance the value of traditional Medicare coverage for seniors and other eligible beneficiaries. Both offer payers a lucrative opportunity to...

CMS Proposes Drug Pricing, Price Transparency Changes for Medicare

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has proposed a series of policy changes for Medicare that would promote prescription drug affordability within Medicare, and has also requested stakeholder comments about ways to improve price transparency for Medicare services. As...

Medicare Advantage Savings, Outcomes Exceed Fee-For-Service

by Thomas Beaton

The Medicare Advantage (MA) program has surpassed Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) in developing positive member healthcare outcomes and reducing care costs, according to an analysis of both programs from Avalere Health. Medicare Advantage...

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...

MedPAC: Value-Based Payment, Post-Acute Care Boost Medicare Savings

by Thomas Beaton

MedPAC has advised Congress that value-based payment reform and encouraging the use of post-acute care can help the Medicare program increase savings and improve beneficiary outcomes, the group said in a new report. Revisions to payment...

Senators: Stop $89B in Medicare, Medicaid Improper Payments

by Thomas Beaton

The US Senate Budget Committee has penned a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar urging the department to address approximately $89 billion in improper payments within Medicare and Medicaid. The Senators referenced a recent GAO report...

Humana, Walgreens Offer Primary Care Clinics for Medicare Members

by Thomas Beaton

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...

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