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Study: Most Medicare Beneficiaries Have Two or More Impairments

November 1, 2016

A new study seeks to describe the characteristics and health spending of Medicare beneficiaries with physical and cognitive impairments, or PCI, and estimate their likelihood of becoming a Medicaid beneficiary.


Medicare Advantage Premiums Expected to Remain Stable in 2017

September 28, 2016

Medicare Advantage premiums are expected to remain stable next year for about 67 percent of enrollees, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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CMS: ACOs Saved More Than $1B Since 2012

September 1, 2016

Accountable care organizations, or ACOs, have saved more than $1.29 billion since 2012, according to a statement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


CMS Announces Modifications to Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model

August 18, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will make changes to the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (MA-VBID) mode.


Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Rises Slightly

August 3, 2016

Medicare announced the average basic premium for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2017 is expected to remain “relatively stable” at an estimated $34 per month – an approximate $1.50 increase over the average premium in 2016.


Senior Living Explores the Benefits of ACOs

August 2, 2016

Senior living firms are poised for progress with accountable care organizations, ready to engage with these groups of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers who unite to provide high quality, lower-cost care for Medicare recipients.

Research Article

Study: Catastrophic Insurance Program Could Improve Long Term Care Financing

June 8, 2016

A long term services and supports catastrophic insurance program could improve the way LTSS needs are financed in the United States, according to a recent Urban Institute study (PDF).

Research Article

Medicare Payment System May Not Benefit Long Term Care Providers

May 19, 2016

The new Medicare system for reimbursing providers outlined in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, or MACRA, may not adequately reward good performance for those providers dealing with residents and patients needing long-term or end-of-life c


Labor Department Finalizes ‘White Collar’ Rule

May 19, 2016

The Department of Labor this week finalized the “white collar” rule, which increases the salary threshold for workers who qualify for overtime pay. The final rule raises the salary threshold from $455 per week to $913 ($47,476 per year) (which is less tha


CMS Allows Telehealth Use for Medicaid Home Health Services

February 17, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finalized a rule requiring a Medicaid enrollee seeking coverage for home health services to meet face-to-face with a practitioner, which may occur via telehealth as implemented by the state.


CBO Study: Medicare Enrollment Skyrocketing as Nation Ages

February 3, 2016

The Congressional Budget Office recently released projections showing Medicare enrollment is expected to grow by more than 30 percent within the next 10 years, concurrently with an increase in the number of the nation’s older adults.


GAO Report: New Part B Drugs Costly for Beneficiaries

December 2, 2015

Expenditures for new drugs were concentrated among just a few drugs and most were costly for Medicare beneficiaries, shows a new Government Accountability Office investigation.

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