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Managing the Transition to Transformation: Is Your Organization Ready for the Shift to Alternative and Quality-Based Payment...

For many decades, at least since the passage of the Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973, there have been reform efforts focused on moving the United States health care system away from fee-for-service (FFS)...more

GAO Highlights Significant Backlog in Medicare Appeals, Routine ALJ Failure to Meet Statutory Deadlines

The Medicare appeals process has not been able to keep up with an explosion in the number of volume, particularly at the administrative law judge (ALJ) level (Level 3), resulting in significant backlogs and widespread failure...more

CMS Finalizes Changes to Medicare Shared Savings Program/ACO Benchmark Rebasing Rules

CMS has published a final rule that revises the methodology CMS uses to measure the performance of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. According to CMS, the changes are intended to...more

NC DHHS Submits Section 1115 Waiver Application for Medicaid Reform, But the Process is Far from Complete

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) submitted the Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver application (waiver application) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 1, 2016,...more

Medicaid in Iowa: A Brief History

In the short span of two years, the Iowa Department of Human Services designed, implemented and recently completed a plan to transition the vast majority of the 560,000 members in the state’s $4.2 billion Medicaid program to...more

Manatt on Medicaid: CMS Clarifies Medicaid Managed Care Prescription Drug Access

Editor’s Note: This “Manatt on Medicaid” is the fifth in a series of updates focused on CMS’s new Medicaid/CHIP managed care regulations. In the coming weeks Manatt will continue to explore key provisions of the regulations...more

ACO Insider: MACRA – Don’t Let Indecision Be Your Biggest Decision

By now, most of us have heard of accountable care organizations and bundled payment. But for many of you, the shift to value-based population health management or compensation based on performance hasn’t affected your...more

Manatt on Medicaid: CMS Finalizes Overhaul of Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Rules

Overview - On April 25, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its highly anticipated final rule to overhaul the regulatory framework governing Medicaid managed care and make conforming...more

CMS Update to Medicaid Managed Care Regulations Should Prompt Significant Change

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has released the final version of its much anticipated revisions to the regulations governing Medicaid managed care (the “Final Rule”). First proposed in May 2015, the...more

CMS Publishes Proposed Rule Implementing MACRA Physician Payment Model

On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a pre-publication version of a proposed rule implementing changes to Medicare payment for physician services authorized under the bipartisan...more

In IPPS rule, CMS proposes changes for urban teaching hospitals with rural training track programs

On April 18, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the fiscal year (FY) 2017 proposed rule updating the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long Term Acute Care Hospital Prospective...more

CMS Announces Comprehensive Primary Care Plus, a Multi-Payer Initiative to Improve Primary Care

On April 11, 2016, CMS announced its launch of the “largest-ever multi-payer initiative to improve primary care in America.” The effort is titled the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model, and will build on the...more

CMS’ New Initiative Intended to Transform Primary Health Care

CMS’ efforts to improve the delivery of primary health care moved into new territory this week when the agency announced a new five-year delivery model, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), which CMS’ chief medical officer...more

CMS Announces Major Multi-Payer Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Model

CMS has launched a new “Comprehensive Primary Care Plus” (CPC+) model to improve how primary care is delivered and reimbursed. According to CMS, the CPC+ initiative (which builds on the ongoing Comprehensive Primary Care...more

MedPAC Releases Annual Recommendations to Congress on Medicare Policy

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released its annual recommendations to Congress on Medicare policies, including Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payment updates and a status report on the Medicare...more

CMS Ahead of Schedule in Push for Medicare Alternative Payment Models

CMS has announced that has reached its goal of tying 30% of Medicare payments to alternative payment models that reward quality of care rather than volume of service — 11 months ahead of the target CMS set last year....more

Medicare Payments for Telehealth Increased 25% in 2015: What You Need to Know

More good news on the telehealth reimbursement front: CMS reported its total 2015 payments for telehealth services under the Medicare program and it was a 25% increase over last year. This reflects how providers are...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On February 24, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a guidance entitled, “Special Enrollment Confirmation Process” that will enhance program integrity...more

CMS Proposes Additional Changes to MSSP Regulations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a proposed rule modifying the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) regulations (the “Rule”). Among other changes, the Rule proposes (a) to modify the...more

Preview of Medicare Advantage and Part D Advance Notice and Call Letter: CMS Likely to Address Risk Adjustment, Provider Network,...

The federal government will soon kick off the all-important annual sub-regulatory cycle for the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D programs, issuing proposed policy changes and payment rates for calendar year (CY) 2017. The...more

CMS Announces Next Generation ACO Program

On January 11, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Next Generation ACO program, along with the first group of participants. The program builds on the CMS Pioneer ACO Model and Medicare...more

Will New Hampshire Offer Medicaid Telehealth Coverage?

A lonely sentence at the end of New Hampshire’s new telemedicine law could mean the Granite State will join 48 other states in offering Medicaid FFS coverage of telehealth services. Interestingly, the very end of the Act...more

Medicare to Implement CJR: Mandatory Bundled Payment Program for Joint Replacement Surgeries

On Nov. 24, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will publish in the Federal Register the final rule for the Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement (CJR) Program. The CJR Program is a new payment model that requires...more

CMS Publishes Final Rule on Medicaid Fee-For-Service Ratesetting for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services

On November 2, 2015, CMS published a final rule with comment period that is intended to provide a transparent, data-driven process for states to follow when they set Medicaid provider payment rates, effective January 4, 2016....more

Congress Takes Long Look at Proposed Health Insurance Mergers

While the Department of Justice Antitrust Division is responsible for reviewing the proposed Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers for any potential competitive concerns, Congress jumped into the process with both feet in...more

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