Tagged with Aetna

Aetna Updates Commercial Drug Lists

Effective July 1, Aetna will update its pharmacy plan drug lists. These changes will affect all Pharmacy Management drug lists, precertification, quantity limits and step-therapy programs.

Aetna Balance Billing Notice for Medicare Beneficiaries

Aetna has issued a notice reminding providers and billing professionals that Medicare beneficiaries under the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program should not be billed for cost sharing (balanced billing).

Aetna Clinical Payment, Coding and Policy Updates

Aetna has released updated clinical, payment and coding policies, including multiple procedure reduction for diagnostic cardiology, diagnostic ophthalmology, and therapeutic services.

NY – 2018 Rate Increases Released

The New York Department of Financial Services has released 2018 health insurance rates for the state’s individual and small group markets, including rates for the NY State of Health, New York’s official health plan marketplace – ranging from 4.4% for Excellus to 31.5%.

IL – Blue Cross Blue Shield Awaits State Review

For the first time since 1990, the Illinois Department of Insurance will conduct a broad market examination of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois to see how the insurer treats its customers in compliance with consumer protection regulations.

Aetna to Exit all ACA Insurance Marketplaces in 2018

Aetna has announced plans completely withdraw from the ACA insurance exchanges for 2018, citing financial losses as the deciding factor, specifically its individual commercial products lost nearly $700 million between 2014 and 2016 and could lose another $200 million this year.

Aetna: Payment Reduction for X-Rays Using Film

Applicable to the technical component, claims billed with modifier FX to indicate X-ray imaging services were provided using film reduces will be subject to a 20% reduction.

Humana to Exit ACA Exchanges by 2018

Humana has announced its plans to cease sales of individual health insurance plans through the ACA’s exchanges by 2018, potentially leaving more than 150,000 customers without a carrier.

Judge Denies Aetna-Humana Merger

A federal judge ruled against Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana, maintaining the Justice Department’s decision that the multi-billion deal would be anticompetitive and raise prices for consumers.

ME – Citizens Respond to State’s Denial of Medicaid Expansion

The only northeastern state not to choose Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Maine will be one of five of the original 23 ACA-created co-ops that will continue into 2017. In response and in hopes of in hopes of extending coverage to 70,000 residents, residents are petitioning to put a proposal to expand the ME Medicaid program before the Legislature.