Tagged with Provider Contracting and Enrollment

CMS Releases 2018 ACA Risk-Adjustment Data

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 Issues FAQs on BPCI Advanced Model

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.

Florida Governor Extends 30-Day Retroactive Medicaid Eligibility

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.

Illinois Physician Group Oppose Proposed Changes to State’s Nurse Practice Act

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.

Anthem Medical Non-Oncology Specialty Drug Review Changes

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 Announces Fee Schedule Changes

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.

CMS Looks at Revising HCAHPS Survey

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).

Supreme Court Rules Against HHS in DSH Payment Case

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 Finalizes Rule to Update and Modernize PACE

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.

CMS Final Rule Blocks States from “Diverting” Provider Medicaid Payments to Third Parties

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 Finalizes Rule to Streamline Medicare Appeals Process

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.

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