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Senate Finance Committee Approves Chronic Care Bill

The Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017. The legislation seeks to expand telehealth services to Medicaid populations and has received a favorable score by the Congressional Budget Office.

CMS gives over 800K Physicians Reprieve from MACRA Reporting in 2017

CMS has sent over 800,000 letters to clinicians, with notification that they will not be evaluated under the MACRA Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017. Federal officials predict only about one-third of clinicians will have to file quality reports this year under the new Medicare payment system.

Congress to Revisit Telehealth for Chronic Care Legislation

The CHRONIC Care Act of 2017 was reintroduced to Congress this month. The proposed bill targets Medicare payment reform for chronic disease management services and would promote the use of telehealth by eliminating geographic restrictions on telestroke consult services, expand telehealth coverage under MA part B, and give ACOs more flexibility to use telehealth services.

CMS Pediatric Care Improvement RFI Extension Announced

CMS announced that it will extend the deadline for comments on the Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on the design of alternative payment models (APMs) focused on improving the health of children and youth covered by Medicaid and CHIP through April 7.

2018 ACO Application Cycle Details Announced

CMS released key deadlines and other important application cycle details information for applying to become a Next Generation ACO or Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO with a 2018 start date.

VT – ACO Pilot Project Announced

Vermont has entered into a one year agreement with OneCare to launch an ACO pilot program serving 30,000 Medicaid beneficiaries.

New Final Rule Targets Pass-Through Payments

CMS’ newest Medicaid managed care final rule will prevent increases in pass-through payments as well as the addition of new pass-through payments beyond those in place when the pass-through payment transition periods were established.

CMS Launches ACO Model for Dual Eligibles

CMS is introducing a new ACO model for patients enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. Responding to the dilemma of organizations not being held accountable for Medicaid costs for many dual-eligibles attributed to Medicare ACOs, the new model will build upon the agency’s existing Medicare Shared Savings Program with a focus on improving the cost and quality of those services, in addition to improving the value of Medicare services.

VT – All-Payer ACO Will Set to Begin January 2017

As of January 2017, Vermont will become the first state in the nation to move to a voluntary all-payer accountable care organization model. CMS will provide Vermont with $9.5 million in start-up funding to support the transition and the demonstration, funded through a 1115 waiver, that will last five years. The Vermont ACO will cover Medicare, Medicaid and commercial payers, requiring those who participate to pay similar rates for all services.

CMS Releases Final 2017 Physician Fee Schedule

CMS has issued the final rule updating the Medicare’s physician fee schedule for 2017. Under the final rule, physician payment rates increase slightly, as called for by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

All Payer ACO Model Receives Tentative Approval

Vermont has been granted tentative approval to establish an all-payer reimbursement system. If granted final approval, the All Payer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model would be effective for five years beginning January 1, 2017.

Population Health Starts with Whole Person Care

Creating population health strategies that focus on whole-person care for large populations can be challenging. But as the industry shifts toward patient-centered care, learning how to increase patient engagement and eventually cut healthcare costs will be crucial.

Medicare Advantage: Positioned to Expand Rapidly?

Despite debates over Medicare Advantage (MA) costs and benefits vs. traditional Medicare, MA continues to expand. It continues to be attractive for insurers and is increasingly attractive to provider-sponsored plans. MA is expected to exceed 40% of Medicare within a few years.

CMS Adds Flexibility to MACRA Quality Reporting

CMS is adding 2 more options for quality reporting in 2017. They provide more flexibility for providers to comply with MACRA requirements. By submitting partial data, or partial year data, a practice can avoid penalties.