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State Innovation Waivers, the Next Wave of Health Care Reform?
November 17, 2016

One potential ACA replacement strategy could include punting health care reform to the states. The incoming administration could accomplish this is by significantly relaxing the 1332 innovation waiver requirements.

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Is the Blockchain a Potential Cure for Securing Health Care data?
September 14, 2016

From a security perspective the last 24 months have proven to be quite detrimental to the health care industry with dozens of successful and very public and costly cyber / malware attacks. These attacks are relentless and increasing.  As the health care industry explores solutions to mitigate and defend against attacks, one technology that is […]

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Medicare Advantage: CMS’ First Step into Value Based Care is Now Coming Full Circle
September 1, 2016

Medicare Advantage (MA) offers Medicare benefits through private health plans, providing an alternative to the traditional, federally-administered program. Also known as Medicare Part C, this private option traces its roots to the 1970s and received its current name and form in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. Since then, the number of enrollees has grown […]

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Colossal Rate Increases; The Exception Or The New Rule
August 10, 2016

Insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are receiving increased attention due to reports of sharp 2017 increases by insurers. Across the nation, insurers have submitted initial premium increases and it is not uncommon for insurers to submit proposed rate increases in excess of 40-50% for 2017. State regulators will review the requests meticulously […]

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CMS Proposes New Mandatory Bundled Payment Models: 4 Observations
July 29, 2016

On July 25, 2016, CMS announced a proposed rule to provide additional incentives for hospitals to provide higher quality care at a lower cost. The proposed rule seeks to increase coordination of care and decrease costs for heart attack and bypass surgery patients, creates a new Surgical Hip/Femur Fracture Treatment model (SHFFT), and outlines a […]

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Incentivizing Young Adults to Buy Health Insurance
July 8, 2016

In a recent announcement, CMS acknowledged the need to insure younger and healthier adults in order to contribute to a more balanced Marketplace risk pool and lower costs. CMS detailed a series of actions to step-up Marketplace outreach, especially to young adults who are still more likely than average to remain uninsured. While the suggested actions, […]

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CMS Announces OCM Participants: Three Notable Facts
July 8, 2016

On June 29, HHS announced its selection of oncology physician group practices and health insurance companies to participate in the Oncology Care model (OCM), a five-year bundled payment initiative that starts July 1 and will cover more than 3,200 oncologists and 155,000 Medicare beneficiaries. The program provides a $160 care management payment per beneficiary per […]

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Bundled Payments Gaining Adoption; Provider Participants Seeking Care Redesign
June 28, 2016

With CJR beginning last April and BPCI being extended for two more years until 2018, bundled payments have established themselves as CMS options for value-based care programs. Adoption looks to continue upward for future years, though, a potential mass adoption could take place if a favorable, future MACRA decision determines that bundled payments qualify for […]

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