Tagged with Medicare Advantage

CMS 2019 Medicare Advantage Part I Advance Notice Released

CMS has released Part One of the 2019 Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part D Payment Policies, containing proposed changes to the Part C Risk Adjustment Model and the use of encounter data.

Medicare Advantage Policy and Technical Changes for Contract Year 2019

CMS has submitted a proposed rule that, if finalized, would revise the Medicare Advantage program (Part C) regulations and Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D) regulations to implement certain provisions of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act.

IL BCBSIL NDC Billing Update for Medicare Advantage Claims

Effective December 15, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) will implement edits to validate National Drug Code (NDC)s that are submitted on electronic and paper, professional and institutional Blue Cross Medicare Advantage (PPO) and Blue Cross Medicare Advantage (HMO) claims.

Medicare to Offer More Coverage Choices, Decreased Premiums

CMS has announced that people with Medicare will have more choices and options for their Medicare coverage in 2018. The average monthly premium for a Medicare Advantage plan will decrease and enrollment is projected to reach a new all-time high.

CMS Announces $10M Budget to Promote ACA Open Enrollment

CMS has announced its plans for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Navigator program and enrollment promotion for the upcoming open enrollment period. The agency says it will spend $10 million on promotional activities in order to meet the needs of new or returning ACA enrollees – 10% of the $100 million spent last year to promote enrollment through digital media, email, and text messages.

CMS Releases Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

On June 20th, CMS released its 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule. Officially titled, “CY 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program,” the rule includes key policy updates that seek to streamline reporting requirements and simplify participation under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) [Track 1] and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (Advanced APM) [Track 2] pathways created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

Humana and Tenet Agree on New Contract

Humana and Tenet have renewed a multiyear agreement to keep all of Tenet’s U.S. hospitals and outpatient centers in Humana’s coverage network.

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.