Tag: Medicare Advantages

Medicare Advantage, consolidation drove healthcare insurer trends in 2021

COVID-19 continued to affect the industry, which has plowed forward with expanded offerings, digital transformation and other bold moves. It was difficult to predict trend lines for the payer and health insurance industry in 2021, largely because of persistent uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumer behavior has become more unpredictable, care models and offerings […]
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Newly expanded supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage grew 43% for 2022

Along with that growth, the number of plans offering more than one benefit increased 15%, from 175 to 202. The findings show that under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ reinterpretation of “primarily health-related” benefits, supplemental benefit offerings in Medicare Advantage – such as home-based palliative care, in-home support services, caregiver support and therapeutic […]
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MA Reimburses 2X Medicare Rate for Some COVID-19 Vaccinations

Healthcare providers in Massachusetts are getting twice the standard Medicare rate for COVID-19 vaccinations in an effort to accelerate vaccine rollout, according to a recent provider bulletin from the state’s Medicaid office. The provider bulletin released in January 2020 states that providers administering the two-dose vaccines from Pfizer and Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna will receive $33.88 for the […]
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Medicare Advantage Plans and the Two-Midnight Rule

Controversy continues to swirl around this subject. A recent article of mine focused on the argument that Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have to follow the two-midnight rule. It certainly generated buzz; I received a number of emails with comments and questions. First, I want to note that I love getting comments and questions. I can’t […]
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Medicare Advantage Plans Are Supposed to Follow the Two-Midnight Rules

That statement may appear to be somewhat controversial, but it shouldn’t be. First, plans are required to provide the patient with benefits that are at least as generous as those required under the two-midnight rules. If that were the only factor in play here, I would say it would mean that the patient can’t be […]
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