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Insurer Wrongfully Passed Sequestration Cuts Through to Providers

A Pennsylvania judge found, on May 6, 2015, that a Medicare Advantage Plan had no right under its participation agreements to pass CMS sequestration reductions through to participating providers. Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr....more

New Data on Part D Prescription Drugs Available

On April 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made available a dataset that provides detailed information on medications that physicians and other healthcare providers prescribed under the Medicare...more

CMS Releases 2016 Medicare Advantage/Part D Drug Plan Rates and Policies

CMS has released the 2016 Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter. According to a CMS fact sheet, the final policies increase Medicare Advantage rates by 1.25% (compared to an earlier forecast of...more

CMS Issues 2016 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment Policies and Final Call Letter

On April 6, 2015, CMS released final updates to the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs through its 2016 Rate Announcement and Call Letter. CMS estimates an expected average change in revenue of 1.25 percent with respect...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Montana Legislature Reverses Course, Endorses Medicaid Expansion... Final 2016 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter... Upcoming: Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Hearing on Post-Acute...more

2016 Payment Notice and Final Call Letter: CMS Gives with One Hand and Takes Away with the Other

On April 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued the Announcement of Calendar Year (“CY”) 2016 Medicare Advantage (“MA”) Capitation Rates, and Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment Policies...more

Important Recommendations from the MedPAC March Report to Congress, Part Two

Tuesday’s post discussed the recommendations of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (“MedPAC” or the “Commission”) with regard to fee-for-service (“FFS”) payment systems. ...more

Important Recommendations from the MedPAC March Report to Congress, Part One

Each March, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (“MedPAC” or the “Commission”) is tasked with reporting to Congress on the current state of the Medicare fee-for-service (“FFS”) payment systems, the Medicare Advantage...more

MedPAC Report 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

Medicare Advantage Insurers May See Positive Growth in 2016 Despite CMS’ 0.95% Payment Rate Cut Announcement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a 0.95 percent decrease in Medicare Advantage payment rates for 2016 in its Advance Notice and Draft Call Letter released on February 20, 2015. Medicare Advantage...more

CMS Call Letter: Medicare Advantage Contracting Considerations

As a final addition to our series on the 2016 Draft Call Letter, we highlight some of the MA contracting issues raised by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (“CMS”). Specifically, CMS (1) recommends Medicare...more

MA Risk Adjustment in the 2016 Call Letter and … in Health Care Fraud Charges

In past Call Letters, CMS has proposed and finalized significant changes to the Medicare Advantage risk adjustment system including, recalibrations, deletions and additions of diagnoses codes, and questioning of the value of...more

Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D Changes for 2016 Released

On February 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule regarding changes to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D to take effect in 2016. According to CMS, this final rule “implements...more

CMS Call Letter: Changes to and Implications of Star Ratings

In its February 20, 2015 Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2016 for Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2016 Call Letter, CMS addressed a variety of issues...more

CMS Releases Updates to Its Medicare Advantage and Part D Plan Audit Protocols and Processes

On February 12, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released an updated version of its Medicare Advantage (“MA”) and prescription drug benefit (“Part D”) plan audit protocols and also announced the...more

CMS Releases 2016 Draft Call Letter

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) released its 2016 Advance Rate Notice and draft Call Letter (2016 Call Letter) for the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Part D programs. The 2016 Call Letter outlines...more

Final Medicare Advantage/Part D Rule for Contract Year (CY) 2016

CMS has published a final rule revising Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D prescription drug benefit regulations for CY 2016. Among other things, the final rule...more

CMS Releases Proposed Advance Notice and Draft Call Letter for 2016

On Friday, February 20, 2015, CMS released its Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year 2016 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2016 Call Letter (the...more

CMS Issues New Audit Protocols for Medicare Advantage Organizations and Part D Sponsors

On February 13, 2015, CMS announced new audit protocols and process updates for the 2015 Program Audit Cycle for Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations and Part D sponsors. According to the memorandum, 2015 begins a new...more

CMS Takes a Measured Approach to Medicare Advantage and Part D Plan Payment Rates and Policy Changes for 2016

Increased Part D Drug Costs Set the Stage for Higher Beneficiary Premiums - The Advance Notice (“Advance Notice”) of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (“CY”) 2016 for Medicare Advantage (“MA”) Capitation Rates,...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Upcoming Hearing: HHS Sec. Burwell Appearing Before E&C Committee on FY2016 Budget... CMS Issues 2016 Payment and Policy Updates for Medicare Health and Drug Plans... CMS Releases Improved Rating System for Nursing...more

Strategizing to Operationalize the Medicare Advantage and Part D Final Rule

More than a year ago, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed significant regulatory changes to the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Programs, many of which were the subject of significant...more

CMS Finalizes Policy Rules For Medicare Parts C and D

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rules on policy and technical changes to the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Prescription Drug Benefit programs (Part D) for contract year...more

CMS Finalizes Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D Programs

On February 6, 2015, CMS released a final rule revising certain requirements for the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs. The changes will be effective for Contract Year 2016. According to CMS, the final rule implements...more

Debate Intensifies Over Medicare Advantage Plans’ Removal of Providers

Which is more important in a Medicare Advantage plan: the plan’s flexibility to change its provider list during the plan year, or the enrollees’ right to confidence that their providers won’t be removed from the plan after...more

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