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Tag Archives: risk adjustment
Now that you have digested the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) announcement on the proposed demonstration for high-value benefit designs, the clock is ticking on determining an optimal set of benefits prior to the CMS deadline of November 15, 2015.
The fall season is a good reality check – back to school, cooler weather, end of summer, and …. Budgeting/financial forecasting. Forecasting is like predicting the future – you have to know how to read the tea leaves and see the efficiencies and interdependencies of your current performance to have a better idea of future performance and challenges.
The signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law threw health insurers into a whirlwind of changes. The guaranteed issue law made it so no enrollee in the individual or small group commercial market would be denied coverage due to their health status. In addition, the rate for all members now had to stay the same for all enrollees, with fluctuations only allowed for a few factors such as tobacco status. That key process, known as underwriting, could no longer serve as the method to evaluate risk and either deny coverage or set the enrollee’s premium accordingly. With that shift came the introduction of risk adjustment, reinsurance, and risk corridor (“3 Rs”) into the commercial market.
Unfortunately, Risk Adjustment does not have the luxury of taking the summer off. As CMS continues to stress the criticality of submitting complete, timely and accurate data to support plan payments related to Risk Adjustment, health plans must have year-round processes in place to ensure compliance as well as accurate payment from the government.
By now you may have received your score from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the national sample for Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) audits.
Do you know your level of exposure for overpayment recovery from CMS?
On March 3, 2015, Cheri Rice, CMS’ Director of Medicare Plan Payment Group, released a memo notifying all Medicare Advantage Organizations, PACE Organizations, and certain Demonstrations of its intent to rerun risk scores during the calendar year 2015. If you read this memo and muttered, “uh oh” under your breath, you might be thinking that your plan/organization owes CMS some money, and soon. If you haven’t read this memo, “uh oh” would be an understatement.
Last night the second-largest Medicare Advantage plan in the country, Humana, filed an SEC document detailing a US Department of Justice investigation into the company’s risk adjustment coding and data collection practices. The investigation is an extension of a 2010 physician-led whistleblower action under the False Claims Act. The company has over 3.2 million Medicare Advantage members.