Tagged with Medicare Advantage

CMS Advances MAQI Demonstration to Waive MIPS Requirements

CMS has advancing the Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration, which, when approved and adopted, would waive Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirements for clinicians who participate sufficiently in certain Medicare Advantage plans that involve taking on risk.

UnitedHealthcare – Coordinated Commercial Reimbursement Policy Updates

Beginning in July, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) will make changes to some commercial reimbursement policies, including after hours and weekend care, intraoperative neuromonitoring, and its professional and technical component policy for duplicate or repeat services of global test only.

Massachusetts – BCBSMA Claims, Coding, Payment Updates

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) has released coding and payment updates for certain procedures and services, including venipuncture reported with labs or E&M service, interim caries arresting medicament, and others.

Humana Claim Processing Edits

Humana has released several claims processing edits, including updates to Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), Modifiers 96 and 97, HCPCS Drugs & Biologicals, and other policies.

2019 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rates Announced

CMS has released the final policy and payment updates to the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D programs for 2019. The policy changes for the coming year will include a pay increase for MA plans and strategies to increase the use of encounter data to determine risk scores for plans.

MedPAC Releases 2018 Report

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released its March 2018 Report to Congress on Medicare payment policy, detailing its payment update recommendations to Congress, which the Commissioners voted on in January.