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On June 20, CMS released a renewed guidance to state Medicaid agencies that outlines the necessary assurances that states should make to ensure that program resources are reserved for those who meet eligibility requirements.
CMS, on June 28, released its report summary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) risk adjustment program for the 2018 benefit year. The analysis found that 572 health insurers offering ACA plans participated in the program in 2018, and transfers between the companies totaled $10.4 billion.
CMS, on June 21, issued several new or updated frequently asked questions documents on the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced Model, an Advanced Alternative Payment Model launched last October that will run through 2023.
The CMS has re-issued a memorandum on emergency stabilization and treatment of newborn infants that could cause fresh anxiety for hospitals and physicians over abortion and care for pregnant women and severely disabled infants.
The Governor of Florida has extended legislation reducing retroactive Medicaid eligibility from 90 to 30 days for another year. The bill also mandates the state Agency for Health Care Administration to submit a report to the legislature about the impact of the change on patients and health care providers by January 2020.
Seven organizations representing Illinois physicians and dentists, called the Preserve the Anesthesia Care Team, are protesting the proposed Illinois House Bill 2813, that if passed, would allow Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to administer anesthesia without the physical presence of a medical doctor or dentist.
The Pennsylvania Senate has approved a package of bills to collectively combat the state’s heroin and opioid epidemic. The legislation includes seven bills, each designed to address specific issues and areas pertaining to opioid prescription and abuse.
The Illinois Legislature unanimously passed a health care reform package, which requires Medicaid managed care plans to pay claims within 30 days or face a penalty.
Effective September 1, Aetna will require precertification is required for certain new-to-market drugs.
On May 21, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) discovered a claim edit was incorrectly loaded into its system. UHC is working to correct the error involving UHC Community Plan claims that included “Always Therapy” codes with and without the GN, GO or GP modifiers were denied for claims submitted on or after May 19, 2019.
Aetna has released updates regarding how the insurer will handle certain ambulatory surgical center (ASC) and ambulatory payment classification (APC) code edits under the ASC and APC payment methodologies.
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (Anthem) continues to streamline its medical specialty drug reviews by transitioning another drug review process from AIM to Anthem’s medical specialty drug review team. Beginning June 15, for all requests, regardless of service date, providers will need to submit a new prior authorization request by contacting Anthem’s medical specialty drug review team.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) recently notified members of the upcoming changes to its Anthem Plan Fee Schedules, scheduled to take place July 1.
On June 24, the president signed an executive order on price transparency in health care that is intended to lower patient health care costs by providing prices for treatment prior to services being rendered.
In a notice to the Office of Management and Budget, CMS requested approval to collect public feedback on possible changes to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey (HCAHPS).
In a 7-1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the nine hospitals that said the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) violated the Medicare Act when it changed Medicare’s reimbursement adjustment formula for disproportionate share hospitals without providing notice and opportunity to comment.
CMS has announced the release of a final rule designed to “update and modernize” the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program, based upon best practices in caring for frail and elderly individuals.
Senate Health Committee leaders have proposed a legislative health care package which aims to reduce health care costs for individuals by addressing surprise medical bills, drug price transparency, and pharmacy benefit management.
CMS, in early May, released the Medicaid Provider Reassignment Regulation final rule removing a state’s ability to divert portions of Medicaid provider payments to third parties outside of the scope of what the statute allows. Under the rule, CMS is revoking the authority of states to “divert” certain Medicaid provider payments to a third party to fund other costs on behalf of the provider “for benefits such as health insurance, skills training, and other benefits customary for employees.”
CMS has issued a final rule clarifies changes it has made to the appeals process in the Medicare program for providers, beneficiaries, and suppliers, and streamlines the process for Medicare Parts A and B claims appeals and for Medicare Part D coverage determination appeals.