2018 Health Plan Star Ratings Released By CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Star Ratings for the 2018 Medicare health and drug plans. With the release of the Star Ratings, people with Medicare will have improved access to high-quality health choices for their Medicare coverage in 2018. This news comes on the heels of the recent release of the benefit and premium information for Medicare health and drug plans which shows that there will be more health coverage choices and decreased premiums in 2018.

Uninsured Numbers Growing In Unexpected Areas, Survey Finds

There was a significant change in uninsured numbers growing for people ages 35 to 49, adults making more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level ($47,520 for an individual and $97,200 for a family of four), and those living in states that have not expanded Medicaid, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey. Policy fixes like expanding Medicaid in all states, making premium subsidies available to more people, and assisting consumers as they shop for coverage on the marketplaces, the report finds, could address some of the barriers the uninsured face in gaining coverage.

Health Insurance Tax (HIT) Impact on Medicare Plans: 2 Views

Sweeping repeal and replace legislation may be slowed, but does not mean significant healthcare changes are not coming off the legislative wish list. The debate on funding aspects of the healthcare law will likely continue through the 2018 election. The Health Insurance Tax (HIT) comes up for discussion and two organizations presented their takes on HIT's impact on Medicare programs and payers. 

Insurance Coverage Improve Health Outcomes In Four Ways: NEJM

The national debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has involved substantial discussion about what effects — if any — insurance coverage has on health and mortality. Health plans play a leadership role in healthcare reforms. While debate continues, a recent piece in the New England Journal of Medicine answers one main question. Does having insurance coverage improve health outcomes?

5 Tips for Medical Directors

Whatever the title, Medical Director, CMO, or similar, the responsibilities loom large with little relief in sight. Burnout, recruitment, and retention might be a larger concern than medical necessity criteria, case shaping, and utilization management. The end of the ACA won't likely make things easier. With that in mind, here are 5 time-saving tips for medical directors.

The Opioid Epidemic: Health Insurance Companies Join the Fight

According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated $25 billion of U.S. healthcare costs was attributed to the abuse of painkillers—otherwise known as opioids. Up to 36 million people worldwide struggle with opioid addiction. CNN recently revealed that health Insurance companies alone lose a total of $72.5 billion annually due to of opioid addiction. Cigna is the most recent health insurance company to join the fight. By using patient data they are hoping to target overprescribing of prescription painkillers. Monitoring patient data and prescription history Cigna flags high-risk customers and notifies doctors about the patient’s history of opioid use or their high-risk behavior which puts the patient at risk for new prescriptions.

Cost vs Quality: The Medicaid Challenge Webinar – Last Chance to Register!

Learn about Medicaid Reform in 2016. Learn what changes will be made and implemented, with a specific examination of state changes, delivery models, payment impacts, and trends. Join us to discover how Medicaid Reform will impact your organization (whether hospital, provider, health plan, ACO, MCO, or payer) in 2016 and what will be critical to determining success in the upcoming year.

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CMS Announces Finalized Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Parity Rule for Medicaid

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced the finalization of a new rule that will help strengthen access to mental health and substance-use services for individuals who receive Medicaid benefits though managed care organizations and those who have Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage. According to CMS' press release, this "final rule strengthens access to mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans." The new provisions of this rule will benefit the over "23 million people enrolled in Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs), Medicaid alternative benefit plans (ABPs), and CHIP."

Lunch & Learn: Join us for Workers Compensation: Keeping Claims on Track – a free webinar!

Would you like to learn how Workers' Compensation Organizations and Departments like yours are creating cost savings, improving efficiency, and decreasing claim costs? Join us Wednesday, April 13 at 12:00 PM EDT for a free lunch and learn event titled: Workers Compensation - Keeping Claims on Track. If you can’t make the event, don’t worry! Simply register for the web event to receive a recording of the event as well as a copy of the presentation after it is finished.

1 Day Left to Register! Free Webinar – Behavioral Health Integration: Realizing Opportunities

This year is going to be an important year for Behavioral Health, don’t miss out on our free webinar 1/20 on Behavioral Health Integration success! Join us Wednesday January 20th at 12: 00 PM CST as we explore the concept of Behavioral Health Integration. This free web event will cover: Making the Case for Behavioral Health (BH) Primary Care (PC) Integration, Integration 101: First Steps to Making it Work (Technology, Screening Tools, Communication), and Integration: Realizing Opportunities. If you can't make the event, don't worry! Simply register for the web event to receive a recording of the event as well as a copy of the presentation after it is finished.

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