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The MACRA Final Rule: In Search of the “Goldilocks” Model

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (“MACRA”) Final Rule published late last year implements CMS’ new payment approach for physicians and other Medicare Part B eligible clinicians under the Merit-Based Incentive...more

Repealing-Replacing the Affordable Care Act: Considerations for Employers with Self-Funded Plans

Over the last several years we have seen employers, especially those with self-funded health plans, evolve in their approach to wellness programs. Programs have grown from gathering data – e.g., steps on a pedometer,...more

Notes on Day 4 of the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference

Some interesting presentations on the last day of the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference that concentrated on common themes – the increasing importance of ancillary business line to bolster core business revenue and of filling in...more

CMS Finalizes Testing of New Episode Payment Models and MSSP Track 1+ ACO

On January 3, 2017, CMS published a final rule addressing three care coordination models: - Cardiac care: CMS added two new cardiac care episode payment models (“EPMs”) for items and services furnished to patients...more

The AHA’s Letter to Santa Claus

The American Hospital Association, after having been “nice” all year, penned its letter to Santa Claus with its wish list for Christmas. Its four page letter (actually addressed to President-Elect Donald Trump at 1717...more

CMS and OIG Issue Notice of Amended Waivers for Next Generation ACO Model

On December 29, 2016, CMS and OIG issued a Notice of Amended Waivers of Certain Fraud and Abuse Laws in Connection with the Next Generation ACO Model (the 2016 Notice). The 2016 Notice does not change or limit arrangements...more

OIG Report Offers Glimpse into CMS Progress Towards MACRA Implementation

Last week, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report analyzing CMS’ readiness to implement major parts of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of...more

HHS Announces New Medicare-Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Model

On December 15, 2016, HHS announced an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiative for beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. The Medicare-Medicaid ACO Model (Model) builds on the Medicare Shared...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - December 2016 #3

The National Association of Medicaid Directors offers policy considerations and recommendations to the incoming Administration; HealthCare.gov has its largest single day of enrollment ever; and new publications prepared by...more

CMS Announces Three New Innovation Models, Focusing on Patient Engagement and Dual-Eligible Population

The CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) continues to launch initiatives to test ways to improve the quality of health care while controlling cost, despite an uncertain fate under the future Trump...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - December 2016

President-elect Trump taps prominent conservatives with strong anti-ACA views for his healthcare transition team; House v. Burwell proceedings on cost-sharing reductions for Marketplace plans are delayed until the new...more

Bipartisan Legislation Proposes Telehealth Solutions for Effective Chronic Disease Management

Collaborative efforts between congressional offices and various health care stakeholders, as well as the feedback provided in response to the Bipartisan CHRONIC Care Working Group Policy Options Document released in December...more

CMS Continues Efforts to Improve Patient Care, Spending, and Population Health

On November 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), released the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule, which finalized a number of new policies designed to improve Medicare payment for...more

Promise to Repeal the ACA Poses Threat to MACRA Implementation

Most of the post-election discussion of the ACA has focused on how promises to repeal the law could impact the newly insured. But one priority area of the ACA that has received very little discussion is the federal...more

“May You Live in Interesting Times” – Some Healthcare Predictions for the Trump Administration’s First Year

The ancient Chinese curse – “May you live in interesting times” – certainly springs to mind these days. What does the election of Donald Trump mean for the healthcare industry, the Affordable Care Act and current healthcare...more

Preparing for an ACA Rollback: How to Get Paid for Treating the Uninsured - Hospital Industry Viewpoint

Given that Republicans will soon control both Congress and the White House, hospitals may be concerned that expenditures that have helped reduce the ranks of the uninsured will be ratcheted down. However, forward-thinking...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - November 2016 #2

CMS authorizes Massachusetts waiver supporting transition to a Medicaid ACO model; Oregon CCOs use “flexible service” funds to invest in housing-related services; and enrollment for 2017 Marketplace coverage begins....more

Managing the Transition to Transformation: Digital Health Solutions: Essential Ingredients in Alternative Health Care Delivery and...

INTRODUCTION - Digital health—the intersection of health care related software applications, analytical tools, medical device technology and electronic data assets that are enabled and achieved through the use of the...more

Value-based purchasing in Vermont: the future of medical care in the United States?

Remember Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey, Marcus Welby, M.D., and the men and women in the 331 episodes of ER? They once stood for the absolute dedication and uncompromised excellence of US healthcare. When you finished watching one...more

Making Sense of MACRA

The countdown has begun for the momentous Part B payment reforms created by the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). On October 14, 2016, CMS released a final rule explaining, in nearly 2,400 pages,...more

Making Sense of the MACRA Final Rule, Part 2 of 3: Alternative payment Models

Many observers view the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) as a game changer for the delivery and payment of health care services. On Oct. 14, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...more

CMS Announces Progress in Shift Toward Alternative Payment Models

This week, CMS announced several important developments relating to provider participation in alternative payment models (APMs). On October 25, 2016, CMS released a fact sheet summarizing key developments relating to APMs...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - November 2016

Minnesota’s Governor and legislators propose financial assistance options for on- and off-Marketplace individual coverage; Vermont receives final federal approval for the country’s first all-payer ACO model; and a report...more

CMS Releases List of Additional Advanced APM’s and Announces Vermont’s All-Payer ACO

On the heels of the release of its final rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2017 list of Advanced Alternative Payment...more

Making Sense of the MACRA Final Rule, Part 1 of 3: Essential Concepts

On Oct. 14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule with comment period implementing the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The nearly 2,400 pages of...more

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