Tag Archives: risk adjustment

CMS Withholds Critical Medicare Advantage Analysis; Why?

Jessica Smith

Controversy is brewing in the healthcare insurance community since the much anticipated Medicare Advantage (MA) analysis due to be released at the AcademyHealth annual research meeting was cancelled. Today, MA plans enroll more Medicare-eligible beneficiaries than Fee-for-Service (FFS). The desire to understand the needs and services these beneficiaries have and are receiving is great.

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Preserving Your Investment Through the Member Experience

Nilsa Lennig

I was on a client call last week with a few of our Gorman Health Group Sales, Marketing & Strategy subject matter experts presenting a sales and marketing budget the team created to help illustrate pre-operational investments in sales distribution and marketing strategies to a potential “new market” entrant. These budgets are two pieces of a much larger “Go, No Go” analysis we performed for this client, however, the discussion around these budgets led to a question from our client’s CEO that could, in essence, define the future success of this health plan in Medicare Advantage: “Does this budget account for initiatives that will enhance the members’ experience?”

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Evolution Through Strategy: Pinpointing Growth Opportunities

Nancy Djordjevic

My last article explained the choice of Medicare Advantage (MA) health plans to evolve or disappear. Evolution is certainly the preferable choice, so let’s examine the steps needed to do so.

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Technology and Vendor Implementations

Daniel Weinrieb

As with all program and technology initiatives, the short- and long-term successes realized as a result of the investments made rely on the critical stages of vendor transitions, data and system readiness, and project management – A well-oiled Vendor and Program Implementation Initiative. Quite often, our health plan and provider clients have multiple projects running in parallel, making for an environment of competing priorities and scarce resources.

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The Transition From RAPS to EDS: New Offering Helps Your Plan Calculate & Define Risk Level

Daniel Weinrieb

In 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will start to transition from utilizing Risk Adjustment Processing System (RAPS) files, to support the Medicare risk adjustment payment, to encounter files. The transition process is gradual, with a weighted percentage being taken for 2016: 10 percent based on the encounter files and 90 percent based on the RAPS files. With this transition, it is critical that health plans ensure that their RAPS files and Encounter files are in sync. Oh- and the vendors are on the hook for this too.

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Data Revolution: The Need for Accurate Data to Drive Quality Analytics

Jessica Smith

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) made a tremendous impact on the healthcare industry. What was once a free-flowing commercial market with very low requirements and data interaction has now transformed—it has morphed into a highly-regulated market heavily dependent on data to deliver quality outcomes for members and to remain financially sound. The processes set forth in the ACA mirror existing Medicare processes with adjustments in order to make the processes work for the Commercial population.

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The MA-VBID Model: Key Takeaways

Nancy Djordjevic

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.

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