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Topic: Brain Food
For months several Wall Street analysts and others have predicted near-total adoption of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion by the states. To date, only 27 have, and I see little optimism for more than a handful to do so anytime soon.
As many of you have already read, the NY Times ran a scathing article on October 12th titled “U.S. Finds Many Errors in Medicare Health Plans” shining a light on serious Compliance issues we’ve all been aware of over the past several years. Is the continued lack of non-compliance really news to anyone in the industry? Most certainly not – we have all been tracking the continued issues of non-compliance, increased CMS Compliance actions, and have read the audit reports posted on the CMS website. What the NY Times article did was remind us that the compliance trends in Medicare Advantage are a serious matter which should not be taken lightly.
As we wind down on our inaugural year with Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX), we have seen plans using a variety of approaches in their Risk Adjustment data reporting efforts. Some continue to use the same approaches used for their Medicare programs (chart reviews, provider outreach, in-home assessments, etc). Some have not even begun any retrospective, prospective or quality programs because they don’t know where to begin. What is the right approach? Probably somewhere in the middle.