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Topic: Star Ratings
A recent article noted five major changes in new Medicaid Managed Care rules, one pertaining to a quality ratings system. Many states have quality ratings for managed care plans, but currently there is no national standard. Medicare has a five-star system evaluating private plans, and private plans offered through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Health Insurance Marketplace will begin publishing quality ratings in 2016. Ratings for Medicaid managed care plans would look similar to the Marketplace plan ratings.
Twice a year I get the honor of speaking to the California Association of Physician Groups’ (CAPG) annual summit and DC policy meeting. CAPG represents accountable, capitated physician groups, and now has members in 39 states. They’re always among my favorite speeches given how sophisticated the audiences are. Here’s a few takeaways from my talk last week on “The Future of Government Programs”: Read more
This is the time of year when most plans have either completed, or are in the process of completing, their annual evaluation of their Quality Improvement (QI) Program Description and Work Plan for operating year 2014. In the 12+ years I have worked for Gorman Health Group (GHG), I have seen a range of evaluations – from great evaluations to those that are just a couple of pages without content. Let’s examine some mistakes and discuss some industry happenings that are often missed in the overall QI world. Before we go on to discuss, let’s remind ourselves what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for in a QI Program Description, which is based upon the regulation 42 CFR § 422.152:
For the last several weeks health policy nerds have been anxiously awaiting the release of the long-awaited Medicaid managed care proposed rule, the first from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 13 years. We’re coming to call it the “mega-reg” here. Friday at the Congressional advisory MACPAC meeting, Commissioners were widely quoting the term “epic” used by Jeff Myers, CEO of Medicaid Health Plans of America, in a recent National Journal article.
An important paper recently released in the American Journal of Managed Care shattered the notion that care management can save money on high utilizers. The article reviewed recent studies of the effectiveness of health plan care management programs and found that, while many studies show significant savings, more rigorous studies concluded that savings were “limited or nonexistent.” Mind. Blown.
Nineteen years ago this week, I left the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Managed Care, to launch what would become Gorman Health Group. Time has flown, the company has grown, and my backside sewn with hard lessons about our industry and government health programs. Here are 19 lessons I’ve learned in those 19 years. Read more