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Centene to Acquire Medicaid, Medicare Advantage Provider Group

by Thomas Beaton

Centene signed an agreement to acquire Florida-based Community Medical Holdings Corp (CMG), a community medical group, to expand Centene’s Medicaid, Medicare Advantage (MA), and marketplace health plan businesses. Centene stated in...

Payer Meal Program Addresses Social Determinants of Health

by Thomas Beaton

Philadelphia-based Health Partners Plan (HPP) reduced blood glucose levels of diabetics and care utilization of other chronically ill members by implementing a healthy meal program to address food-related social determinants of health...

Medicare Wellness Programs Promise Better Health Outcomes

by Thomas Beaton

Medicare wellness programs have the potential to improve physical and mental health for beneficiaries with chronic conditions, according to a new report from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Medicare members that...

Medicare Advantage Evaluation Requires Transparent Claims Data

by Thomas Beaton

The growth of the Medicare Advantage (MA)  market requires the release of more claims data to evaluate the commercial and government impact of the program, according to a recent JAMA commentary from the Health Care Cost Institute,...

National Healthcare Expenditures Expected to Reach $5.5T by 2026

by Thomas Beaton

The CMS Office the Actuary forecasts that national healthcare expenditures will reach $5.5 trillion by 2026 due to a 5.5 percent yearly growth rate. CMS said that the anticipated average growth rate of healthcare spending is lower than...

70% of Providers See Data Sharing as Key to Value-Based Care

by Thomas Beaton

Seventy percent of executives participating in a survey conducted by Humana and HFMA believe that the need for interoperability and seamless data sharing will be required for payers and providers to succeed with value-based care. The...

Modernizing Medicare Fee-for-Service Cost-Sharing Has Trade Offs

by Thomas Beaton

Medicare’s fee-for-service (FFS) cost-sharing design requires modernization to protect beneficiaries from catastrophic costs, but changing the current design may bring new financial concerns, a new GAO report found. In 2015,...

House Bill Retains Low-Quality Medicare Advantage Plans until 2027

by Thomas Beaton

Update on 2/12/2018: Presdient Trump signed the spending bill into effect on Feburary 9th, 2018 which funds the government for two years and extends quality deadlines for Medicare Advantage plans.  The latest government spending bill...

Medicare Fraud Cases Lead to Mix of Convictions, Settlements

by Thomas Beaton

The Department of Justice’s (DoJ) crackdown on Medicare fraud continued as new investigations led to one provider conviction and two multi-million dollar settlements with provider organizations. The conviction found a provider...

CMS Releases Proposed Medicare Advantage, Part D Changes

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has released the second part of its proposed Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Part D changes, which include administrative upgrades to assist with combating the nation’s the opioid crisis and allowing payers to incorporate...

Top 10 Highest Performing Medicare, Medicaid Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

The top-performing Medicare and Medicaid health plans for the 2017-18 plan year earned exceptional quality scores based on the plans’ customer satisfaction, preventive care, and treatment outcomes of beneficiaries, according to the...

GAO: CMS Needs More Data to Manage Medicare Opioid Risks

by Thomas Beaton

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that CMS should collect additional data on Medicare beneficiary opioid risks, including the number of beneficiaries with high-dose opioid prescriptions, the number of providers...

AMGA: Align Quality, Performance across Medicare Advantage, ACOs

by Thomas Beaton

CMS should work to align quality and performance standards across all Medicare programs, including Medicare Advantage (MA) and the Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) initiatives, says AMGA. In a letter issued in response to...

Healthcare Insurance Market Profits May Hold Steady in 2018

by Thomas Beaton

Certain segments of the healthcare insurance market, including employer-sponsored insurance and Medicare Advantage (MA), will help to stabilize payer profitability in 2018, predicts a report by A.M. Best. The gains from these sectors are...

Member Engagement, Medicare Advantage Growth Top 2018 Payer Trends

by Thomas Beaton

2018 is a year in which payers are likely to implement strategies aimed at improving growth in Medicare Advantage markets, increasing the use of the social determinants of health  to improve outcomes, and expanding member engagement...

Medicare Advantage Cost Benchmarks Create Plan Inefficiencies

by Thomas Beaton

New research from the Commonwealth Fund found that the Medicare Advantage (MA) benchmark bidding system, which was intended to reduce plan inefficiencies, has allowed health plans to benefit financially while remaining cost...

Medicare Advantage, Consumer Engagement Top Payer Trends for 2018

by Thomas Beaton

Payers will face a number of industry challenges in 2018, including improving Medicare Advantage (MA) member satisfaction, expanding access to community outreach programs for individuals, and creating more drug pricing transparency for...

Ridesharing Benefit May Help Payers Improve Patient Engagement

by Thomas Beaton

Payers looking to help members overcome negative social determinants of health, such as transportation issues, may be able to offer beneficiaries a ridesharing benefit to improve patient engagement. The emergence of healthcare...

Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Updates for 2019

by Thomas Beaton

The Medicare Advantage (MA) Value-Based Insurance Design Model (VBID) for 2019 will extend into fifteen new states, allow Chronic Condition Special Needs plans to participate in the model, and allow all participating plans to specialize...

Medicare Advantage, Part D Updates to Shift Control to Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

CMS is proposing regulatory changes that would offer health plans additional flexibility to design and implement Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Medicare benefits.   The rule would reduce administrative burdens by allowing plans...

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