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March 16, 2017

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From Medicare Advantage News - The American Health Care Act, introduced March 6 by House Republicans, would have many implications for managed care organizations, including those that would have served an estimated 14 million people that stand to be without Medicaid coverage by 2026 due to the proposed defunding of Medicaid expansion starting in 2020. Read more

As CMS continues to promote the shift away from volume-based to value-based… Read more

At a recent congressional briefing at which various Medicare Advantage industry leaders… Read more

As Medicare Advantage organizations take a closer look at the 2018 Advance… Read more

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March 22, 2017
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February 17, 2017
Justice Dept. Joins Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleging MA Upcoding by UnitedHealth Group, Affiliates

Justice Dept. joins whistleblower lawsuit alleging MA upcoding by UnitedHealth Group and affiliates.

February 1, 2017
2018 Advance Notice Includes Average Payment Hike of 2.75% for MA Plans

CMS on Feb. 1 released the 2018 Advance Notice and draft Call Letter for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, approximately two weeks earlier than usual as per a new statutory requirement. Key payment changes highlighted by CMS officials during a press conference held the same day included an overall estimated payment increase of 0.25% for MA plans, which translates to an average payment hike of 2.75% when taking into account an estimated 2.5% coding trend, and the continuation of the 25%/75% blend of encounter data and RAPS data in calculating risk adjustment scores for 2018. View the notice here.

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