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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.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield released updated medical policies and clinical guidelines to be implemented on November 1, 2017 in certain states.
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 have renewed a multiyear agreement to keep all of Tenet’s U.S. hospitals and outpatient centers in Humana’s coverage network.
CMS has lifted enrollment and marketing sanctions against Cigna for its Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans.
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.
Harvard Pilgrim is updating commercial and StrideSM (HMO) Medicare Advantage medical review criteria for the medication infliximab (Remicade/Inflectra) to allow coverage for the CPT code.
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.
United Healthcare reported first-quarter revenues of $48.7 billion – a 9.4% year-over-year increase from last year. The insurer says that due to 3% insurance tax in Affordable Care Act, plan premiums will likely rise in 2018.
CMS has released 2018 Medicare Advantage and Part D payment rates, announcing a 0.45% average rate increase. According to CMS, the changes made aim at providing benefit flexibility and efficiency which will allow Medicare enrollees to choose the care that best fits their health needs.
The U.S. Justice Department recently disclosed that there will be an investigation into four more major health insurers as part of a False Claims Act lawsuit filed against UnitedHealth Group in 2011.
The long-anticipated legislation to repeal and replace the ACA’s core features was unveiled on March 6.
The DOJ moves forward with legal action against two insurers accused of erroneous coding and inflated billing – UnitedHealth and WellMed Medical Management.
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.
In effort to reduce the significant Medicare appeals backlog, CMS finalized regulations for the Medicare Program: Changes to the Medicare Claims and Entitlement, Medicare Advantage Organization Determination, and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Determination Appeals Procedures. According to HHS, the final rule streamlines administrative appeal processes, increases consistency in decision making across appeal levels, and improves efficiency for both appellants and adjudicators.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a final rule expanding the authority to exclude individuals and entities from federal health care programs.
CMS has announced proposed changes to the Part D prescription drug program and Medicare Advantage for calendar year 2018.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has approved recommendations calling for health care provider payment increases in FY2018.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Western New York (BCBSWNY) says their 2017 plans will offer stable rates and a range of options for seniors, as well as support needed to make the most educated decision.
Aetna will soon offer two Medicare Advantage Part D/Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans in three counties in Central Florida.