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CMS Releases Final Rule for Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

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Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule that updates a number of reimbursement policies and rates under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), a CMS press release states. The new payment...

Premium Rates on Affordable Care Act Exchanges Rise 25% in 2017

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Monthly premium costs on the Affordable Care Act exchanges is expected to rise an average of 25 percent in 2017, according to a report from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). This percentage is based solely on the...

CMS Comprehensive Primary Care Program Gained $57M in Savings

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Dr. Patrick Conway, Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced in The CMS Blog that 95 percent of all primary care practices participating in the...

New Leadership at Veterans Affairs Results from Transfers

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One public health payer that has had a wide amount of controversy regarding its operations is Veterans Affairs. The latest controversy comes regarding the Veterans Affairs claim that it has new leadership and leadership teams. USA Today...

How Stakeholder Input on Quality Payment Program Differs

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At the end of last week, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released a final rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and its policies on the new Quality Payment Program. HHS reiterated in a...

HHS, CMS Announce Finalized Ruling for MACRA Legislation

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The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced in a press release the discharge of the final ruling on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The MACRA legislation replaces the flawed Sustainable...

VT All-Payer Model Aligns Costs for Public, Private Insurers

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The state of Vermont is moving forward with establishing an all-payer model that uses accountable care organizations and ensures a provider is reimbursed by an equal amount among all healthcare payers for a particular service. The Vermont...

49M Americans Risk Losing Fixed Indemnity Health Insurance

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A new proposed rule called Expatriate Health Plans, Expatriate Health Plan Issuers, and Qualified Expatriates; Excepted Benefits; Lifetime and Annual Limits; and Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance may negatively impact access to fixed...

Medicare Advantage Premiums Drop 13% Due to Affordable Care Act

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a press release late last week that the average Medicare Advantage monthly premium will be 13 percent lower in 2017 than before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...

Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Program Selects Anthem BCBS

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has selected Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado as a participant for their Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative, according to a company press release. The...

Lawmakers Push for Public Option on Health Insurance Exchanges

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A total of five senators and multiple organizations are looking to create a public option for healthcare coverage to be available among all Americans purchasing insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges....

CMS Accountable Health Communities Model Stresses Social Needs

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This past January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new funding opportunity for a program called the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model, which focuses solely on the social needs of Medicare and...

CMS Reveals 4 Options for Quality Payment Program Participation

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working toward assisting healthcare providers in meeting some new regulations that are part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The meaningful use...

CMS Grants Navigators $63M to Boost Health Insurance Marketplace

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a press release earlier this week that it will be providing $63 million in grants to both new and older organizations returning to offer health plans through the public...

Medicare Shared Savings Program Saved $466 Million in 2015

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week the quality and financial results of the 2015 Medicare accountable care organizations. According to a press release from CMS, accountable care organizations operating...

CMS Bundled Payment Models Address Cardiac Care, Hip Surgeries

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have recently begun implementing additional alternative payment models centered on episodes of care. CMS has proposed new rules for managing the costs of care and coordination among...

Aetna Leaving Health Insurance Exchanges Due to DOJ Lawsuit

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The latest news coming from the major health payer Aetna is its move to drop out of the majority of the health insurance exchanges it had been participating in this year. According to a press release from Aetna, it will leave most of the...

Affordable Care Act Payment Program Boosts Care, Cuts Costs

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has a wide variety of reforms that have been implemented to improve care for American citizens. One of these reforms includes a payment model called the Independence at Home Demonstration...

Aetna Cancels its Expansion in Health Insurance Exchange

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The national health payer Aetna continues to make headlines in the month of August after the public learned last month about the Department of Justice’s move to block Aetna’s major health insurance merger with Humana. On August...

Department of Justice Moves to Block Health Insurance Mergers

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While there have been talks of the Department of Justice (DOJ) looking to block the Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana health insurance mergers by filing lawsuits, the final decision was announced today at a press conference. The DOJ will...

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