Star ratings are usually what draw consumers to Advantage plans. And insurers will once again see who's gaining beneficiaries as open enrollment for Medicare ends this week.
The chairman of a key House committee is pledging that congressional Republicans will change Medicare in order to save it.
In one of his final public appearances as the head of the CMS, Andy Slavitt said that losing any gains made by the Affordable Care Act will drive up long-term health care costs.. He also said future reform should aspire to reach universal coverage.
Hundreds of groups want Congress to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board before cuts to Medicare are triggered. Without repeal, the HHS secretary could make cuts that could only be overridden by a supermajority of Congress.
The demand for bundled payments has come primarily from employers, who want predictable medical costs and better quality of care for employees, UnitedHealthcare said.
Verma has supported charging premiums to individuals above and below the poverty line and freezing beneficiaries out of coverage if they don't pay. But she could prove to be a knowledgeable ally to states looking to better control their Medicaid dollars.
If Congress passes the 21st Century Cures Act, the federal government would be barred from axing the worst performers in Medicare Advantage through 2018.
A new study suggests the socio-economic conditions where a hospital is located heavily influence its quality rating published on the federal government's Hospital Compare website.
In order to address racial and ethnic health inequities among Medicare beneficiaries, healthcare organizations must gather better data, provide patients with information in their native tongue and make it easier for people with disabilities to enter healthcare facilities.
Preliminary data indicates the demonstration resulted in approximately 80% favorable outcomes for suppliers who participated in a discussion, twice the level experienced by suppliers who appealed in the traditional way.
Some healthcare leaders would welcome plans to turn Medicare into a “premium-support” system that pays a fixed amount per beneficiary, but they want to see more details before they take a side.
Last week's Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health did a grave disservice to Americans rightfully upset about the rising tide of drug and alcohol dependency in their communities.