Tagged with Medicare Billing

VT – ACO Pilot Project Announced

Vermont has entered into a one year agreement with OneCare to launch an ACO pilot program serving 30,000 Medicaid beneficiaries.

DOJ v. UnitedHealth

The DOJ moves forward with legal action against two insurers accused of erroneous coding and inflated billing – UnitedHealth and WellMed Medical Management.

CMS Issues Non-ACA Compliant Plans Extension

CMS issued an insurance standards bulletin granting another extension to non-ACA-compliant health plans to allow insurers and consumers to extend for an additional year.

CMS Finalizes New Rule to Reduce Medicare Appeals Backlog

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.

OIG Final Rule Expands Exclusion Authorities

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.

New Final Rule Targets Pass-Through Payments

CMS’ newest Medicaid managed care final rule will prevent increases in pass-through payments as well as the addition of new pass-through payments beyond those in place when the pass-through payment transition periods were established.

PA – New Global Capitation Model for Rural Hospitals

CMS has announced a new global capitation model for rural hospitals in Pennsylvania. Under the new model participating critical access hospitals and acute care hospitals will receive all-payer global budgets for a fixed amount of money that is set in advance and funded by all participating insurers, to cover inpatient and outpatient services.

UnitedHealth Group to Buy Outpatient Surgery Chain for $2.3 Billion

UnitedHealth Group has announced plans for its health services unit, Optum, to acquire Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA). Under the acquisition, Optum would add to its footprint SCA 205 surgical facilities, which SCA operates in partnership with thousands of surgeons in 33 states.

Study Finds New Payment Models May Potentially Reduce Health Care Disparities

A new study from Harvard Medical School claiming to have found “meaningful” improvements in quality, outcomes, and spending for all patients in the Alternative Quality Contract (AQC) between suggests binding insurers’ physician payments to quality metrics can narrow disparities between low- and higher-income patients.