Tagged with Medicare Billing

New Legislation Aims to Strengthen Stark Law

The Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act (PIMA) seeks to update Medicare policies by preventing self-referrals related to advanced imaging services, radiation therapy, anatomic pathology and physical therapy.

MedPAC Votes to Setup MA Withholds to Improve Encounter Data

MedPAC commissioners have voted in favor of a recommendation that would instruct CMS to use a payment withhold to incentivize Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to submit accurate, complete encounter data and to run MA provider claims through a contractor to ensure encounter data is handled correctly if enough plans don’t submit the data.

2020 ACO Application Timeline Released

CMS has announced the date it will start accepting notices of intent to apply to participate in the overhaul of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) – which is now being called ‘Pathways to Success.’

CMS Releases 2020 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rates

On April 1, CMS released its finalized payment and policy changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Part D plans for the 2020 coverage year. CMS states the final updates will continue to maximize competition among Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, as well as include important actions to address the nation’s opioid crisis.

New Jersey Will Transition to a State-Based Exchange

On March 22, the governor of New Jersey has announced that the state will transition from the federally operated Healthcare.gov exchange platform to a state-based exchange by the 2021 plan year. According to state officials, the change will give the state more control over its health insurance market.

New Hampshire Senate Passes Medicaid Telehealth Bill

The New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill expanding Medicaid coverage for telehealth services. The bill, if finalized, would allow a patient to receive primary care in addition to specialty care via telehealth and enables Medicaid to cover far more connected care services than previously.

Federal Judge Rules ACA is Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional on the grounds that its mandate requiring people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional and the rest of the law cannot stand without it.