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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Offers Model for Chronic Care

by Thomas Beaton

CMS’s Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) aims to address diabetes prevalence within the Medicare program, and may help other payers develop a model for chronic care, based on the MDPP’s promising initial...

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...

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...

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...

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...

CMS Final Rule Aims to Lower Medicare Prescription Drug Costs

by Thomas Beaton

CMS is planning to lower Medicare prescription drug costs through a final rule that allows members to purchase less expensive biosimilars and generic drugs and increases the potential value of Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D plans. CMS...

OIG: Medicare Could Save $367M by Auditing Improper Payments

by Thomas Beaton

CMS auditing systems failed to recognize that 61 percent of Medicare payments for outpatient physical therapy claims in 2013 were improperly filed, which cost the Medicare program nearly $367 million, says a new report by the OIG. Only...

Humana Bold Goal Targets Members’ Social Determinants of Health

by Thomas Beaton

Humana is improving the overall physical and mental health of its Medicare members by addressing social determinants of health and targeting problematic community health behaviors under its Bold Goal initiative. The Bold Goal 2018...

Payment Cuts Drive Medicare Advantage Plans to Contain Costs

by Thomas Beaton

Medicare Advantage (MA) plans contained beneficiary costs and remained profitable despite reductions to federal MA payments from 2009 to 2014, according to new research from the Commonwealth Fund. The report found that as Medicare reduced...

CMS: Payers Must Make Claims Data Available to Beneficiaries

by Thomas Beaton

CMS Administrator Seema Verma recently called on healthcare payers to make claims data available to their beneficiaries. The agency also announced a new initiative called MyHealthEData to give patients control of their healthcare...

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