Tag: Affordable Care Act


Decline in Top Star Ratings: A Closer Look at MA, Part D Plans in 2024

In 2024, approximately 42% of Medicare Advantage plans offering prescription drug coverage are projected to achieve four or more stars, a decrease from the 51% recorded this year and the 68% in 2022, according to data released by the CMS on Friday. The five-star rating system, established by the Affordable Care Act, serves to assist […]
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UHC Commercial Plan Focuses on Price Transparency and Preventive Care

Commercial Plan Prioritizes Affordable Healthcare and Preventive Measures

The emphasis on preventive care by the payer likely contributed to its high re-enrollment rate. Insurance Company’s employer-sponsored healthcare plan, compliant with the Affordable Care Act, has emerged as the fastest-growing commercial plan for the payer. Data from the payer’s Impact Study suggests that the healthcare plan company’s focus on both price transparency and preventive […]
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Challenges in Insurance Reimbursement

Top 4 Challenges in Insurance Reimbursement Faced by Physicians

Access to beneficial healthcare is largely tied to insurance reimbursements for many Americans. Yet, despite their significance, physicians encounter various obstacles in obtaining these payments. Challenges involve inconsistent reimbursement schedules, payment audits, billing errors, unforeseen denials, lengthy appeals, and services falling outside coverage. These issues can hinder timely care, disrupt service continuity, and leave medical […]
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A Surgeon General Touts Possible Changes in Prior Authorizations

Federal healthcare leaders say they are committed to helping physicians, patients, and health insurance companies by improving the prior authorization process for medical care. On Jan. 17, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator and U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral, held a listening session with health care stakeholders. That was followed by a conference call […]
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Value-Based Care Catching up to Fee-For-Service

Outcomes-based models are spreading, but fee-for-service still dominates payment landscape. Is value-based care having a moment? Health care policy experts and institutions have long agreed that fee-for-service (FFS) medicine is wasteful, outmoded and at least partially responsible for the U.S. spending far more than peer nations on health care, but with outcomes that are no […]
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CA Healthcare Organizations Settle False Claims Act Violations

The False Claims Act settlements alleged that the healthcare organizations knowingly submitted improper Medicaid claims for services provided to California’s Medicaid expansion population. A California county organized health system and three healthcare providers have reached a $70.7 million settlement to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by submitting fraudulent claims to California’s […]
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CMS, HHS Finalize 2023 Notice of Benefits, Payment Parameters

CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2023 Notice of Benefits and Payment Parameters Final Rule, which includes standardized plan options, changes to network adequacy reviews, refinements to the Affordable Care Act’s essential health benefits nondiscrimination policy, and other changes. “The recent Open Enrollment Period demonstrated the demand for high-quality, […]
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AHIP warns proposed ACA exchange rule could threaten market’s growing stability

  AHIP, the top lobbying organization for commercial insurers, is warning the feds that provisions in its proposed rule governing the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges for 2023 could “undermine” the growing stability there. For instance, the group says in comments (PDF) submitted late Thursday that potential changes to requirements for essential health benefits would limit […]
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Revenue cycle management 2.0: The key to successful healthcare finance

  This has, in turn, put greater emphasis on the need for Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) systems to enable a healthcare provider to better manage transactions between payer, provider and patients. It can, through the use of various software platforms, boost revenues, reduce denials and enhance the patient experience. According to a survey published by […]
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