Private Insurers


HHS Releases Price Transparency Rules
November 21, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers
On November 15, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of two healthcare price transparency rules. One is a final rule requiring hospitals to make available online all standard charges for items and services, including discounted rates negotiated with third-party payers. The second is a proposed rule that would require …
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Primary Care Payment Model Delayed to 2021
November 4, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, recently released its Request for Applications for the new “Primary Care First” payment model. The program will now begin in 2021 rather than the 2020 start date that was originally proposed in April, as discussed here. CMS said it …
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NY DFS Proposes “Surprise Bill” Amendment
October 15, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Private Insurers
On October 10, the New York State Department of Financial Services released a proposed amendment to the state’s Out-of-Network Law. If approved, the amendment would require insurance companies and healthcare providers to comply with several new requirements to better protect consumers from “surprise” medical bills. Insurers that receive a claim for services rendered by a …
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CMS Updates Medicare Plan Finder Tool
September 24, 2019 | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers
As Medicare open enrollment approaches, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on August 27 the launch of a redesigned Medicare Plan Finder tool. This new tool makes it easier for customers to compare pricing, coverage, and drug plans of Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medigap, and Part D programs. The Plan Finder tool is …
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Kaiser to Present at PLI Life Sciences Program
September 17, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | FDA | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals | Private Insurers
On October 10, Rivkin Radler’s Jeff Kaiser will be a panelist at the Practising Law Institute (PLI) program, “Life Sciences 2019: Navigating Legal Challenges in the Drug and Device Industries.” Jeff will speak on “Enforcement Trends Impacting the Drug and Device Industries,” including developments under the False Claims Act, federal Anti-Kickback Statute, off-label promotion, and …
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CMS Adds Health Plan Ratings to ACA Exchanges
August 20, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Affordable Care Act | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on August 15 that health plans offered on health insurance exchanges will be ranked using a five-star quality rating system for the 2020 plan year open enrollment period that begins on November 1, 2019. The ratings will appear on both state-based exchanges and the federal exchange, …
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NY IPA Focuses on Social Determinants of Health
August 13, 2019 | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | Home Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers
On August 6, health insurer MVP Health Care announced an affiliation with Alliance for Better Health to address so-called social determinants of health in the Albany, New York area. The newly formed independent practice association (IPA), Healthy Alliance Independent Practice Association, is one of the first IPAs in the U.S. to focus exclusively on social …
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CVS Announces Home Dialysis Machine Trials
July 22, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | FDA | Home Health | Medical Devices and Wearables | Pharmaceuticals | Private Insurers
On July 17, CVS Health Corp. announced the beginning of human trials of a new home dialysis machine called the HemoCare Hemodialysis System. The company’s CVS Kidney Care unit hopes to shift some of the $35 billion market for end-stage kidney care from outpatient dialysis clinics to patients’ homes. The HemoCare device was designed by …
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OCR Releases New HIPAA FAQs on Care Coordination
July 16, 2019 | Ada Kozicz | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy | Private Insurers
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued new guidance on its HIPAA FAQs webpage regarding permissible use and disclosures of protected health information (PHI) by health plans for purposes of care coordination and continuity of care. Health plans are covered entities under HIPAA. The guidance explains that, …
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States Pick Up ACA Slack
July 12, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Affordable Care Act | Legislation and Public Policy | Private Insurers
With the political battle over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) dragging on in Washington, a number of states have recently taken steps to protect their residents from potential instability in the health insurance market. New Jersey is setting up its own state health insurance exchange to replace the federally run healthcare.gov marketplace, …
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