This spring, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held an event that you and your health plan will want to know about. Each year, CMS’s annual Medicare Advantage & Prescription Drug Plan Conference provides important information to health plan provider staff, management, and executives regarding updates to existing Medicare policies, technology, and much more. This year proved to be no different—and we want to share with you some key updates that may impact you and your business now and into the future.
The one-day conference provided a number of important takeaways regarding All Payer Policies, Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentives (MAQI), eMedicare, and more. Below, we outline two topics that we believe will have a significant impact on you and your health plan.
Medicare Advantage Value Based Insurance Design Update
In order to succeed in the health care space, health plans must shape their priorities based on the most up-to-date information available to them. CMS’s spring conference offered the opportunity to not just receive the latest news, but to peer into the future and prepare for what’s to come in the industry over next several years. Of particular interest was CMS’s overview of the future of its Value Based Insurance Design model. Starting in 2020, this model will begin incorporating significant innovations, from allowing health plans and other organizations to design targeted benefits for enrollees based on chronic condition or socioeconomic characteristics to providing meaningful rewards and incentive programs. In 2021, CMS will be testing the possibility of adding a Medicare hospice benefit to this program as well. CMS’s stated goal is to promote patient-centered care and increase access through innovative means. We are certainly excited about these what these future benefits might mean for our health plan clients.
Medicare-Medicaid Integration Policies
One of the great benefits of CMS’s annual conference is the clarity experts provide on some of the most complex policies and rules that health plans must abide by. A panel dedicated to explaining new integration related to Parts C and D Rules for Dual-Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) provided several valuable takeaways. These Rules address both policy and technical changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PASE), Medicaid Fee-for-Service, and Medicaid Managed Care Programs for 2020 and 2021. This session highlighted important contexts for making updates to the regulations, specific regulation changes, and various operational considerations.
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