Topic: Part D

Is Value-Based Insurance Design All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Debra Devereaux

There continues to be a lot of buzz about value-based insurance design (VBID). VBID is the idea that consumers’ out-of-pocket medical costs should be based on the value of a service to their health and not the price. Health Affairs defined VBID as “an approach that attempts to improve the quality of care by selectively encouraging or discouraging the use of specific healthcare services, based on their potential benefit to patients’ health, relative to their cost.”

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Issues That Will Define Government Health Programs in 2016

John Gorman

The new year brings a slew of issues that will define government-sponsored health programs.  Here’s what we’re watching closely, not necessarily in this order. Opportunities have never been greater in Medicare, Medicaid, and ObamaCare, but execution risk is rising fast. If this was an easy business, we’d be out of business.

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Because They Can

Debra Devereaux

The United States Senate conducted the first day of hearings Wednesday, December 9, on the high price of pharmaceuticals. The Special Committee on Aging is investigating the soaring prices of old drugs, including the overnight price hike of Turing’s Daraprim from $18 to $750. Every day there is another press release about the egregious increase in pricing of a generic drug or a newly-released-to-market medication. U.S. drug prices are the highest of any in the industrialized world.

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Miss Our Star Ratings Webinar? Here Are the Top 5 Takeaways

Melissa Smith

With just a few more weeks remaining before the 2018 Star Ratings cycle begins, we are on the cusp of yet another exciting iteration of program changes and updates within the Star Ratings program. In case you missed our Star Ratings webinar, here are our top five takeaways from the session:

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Evolution of Validation: Selecting an Independent Auditor

Regan Pennypacker

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) audit validation process has evolved over the past few years. Here is what you should know about the changes and how to best prepare to contract with an Independent Auditor, or IA.

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2016 Readiness Review Smaller Size, Bigger Punch.

Julie Billman

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2016 Readiness Checklist on Monday, November 9, 2015. The 20-page checklist is full of items CMS is expecting plan sponsors to review and validate it will be compliant for the 2016 calendar year. While CMS won’t have an official website for plan sponsors to attest to the readiness this year, they will use other methods to validate compliance. No matter the validation method, CMS’ expectations are clear: Part C and Part D plan sponsors should review and validate compliance for each item.

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A New Report by Kaiser Family Foundation Found Part D Premiums Will Rise an Average of 13% in 2016

Nilsa Lennig

We blogged earlier this month about Medicare Advantage (MA) premiums showing slight decreases to no decreases across the board for 2016 based on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates.  But what does the landscape look like for Part D?

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