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Key terms of the proposed extension: 4-year extension Continuation of DSRIP for 1 year 3-year renewal Would span from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2024 $8B in funding $5B for DSRIP Performance $1B for Workforce Development $1.5B for Social Determinants of Health $0.5B for Interim Access Assurance Fund New structure for organizations participating […]

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The State of New York has released its draft proposal for an extension to its Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program as part of the state’s 1115 Medicaid waiver, currently set to expire at the end of March 2020. Asking CMS for $8 billion over four years to extend the program through March 2024, […]

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Background Managed care procurement processes are a required part of public sector care delivery as value-based care continues to advance in the health care industry. As a bidder, one often associates the process with a heavy amount of administrative effort, resource consumption and bureaucratic requirements. While there is truth to this, well-conducted procurement processes can […]

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Background A risk bearing entity’s (RBE) ability to bear financial risk profitably is based on its ability to consistently manage the utilization and health outcomes of its attributed population. In today’s market, to be a RBE is to be in the business of care management. Successful care management is a critical competency that organizations must […]

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Payors of all stripes are increasingly holding health plans accountable for moving the health care system from the horse and buggy era to a “transportation network” for entire populations. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), state government and employers have heightened expectations for health plans to do more to achieve specific and complex quality […]

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Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new payment model for the catastrophic phase of the Part D Medicare benefit. Under this new model, CMS aims to reduce total spend on prescription drugs by incentivizing health plans, patients, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and providers to choose drugs with lower […]

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in April its new direct contracting model that will push the Medicare market closer to commercial and will resemble Medicare Advantage without a health plan as an intermediary. With a focus particularly on primary care coordination for medically complex and seriously ill patients, as well as […]

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Effective July 1, 2019, the California Department of Managed Health Care (“Department” or “DMHC”) is requiring organizations under certain conditions to file their risk contracts with DMHC.1 California managed care organizations, medical groups, risk bearing organizations (RBOs), clinically integrated networks (CINs) and any entities looking to enter into upside or downside financial risk agreements will […]

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Background Starting in 2011, the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has required health care systems to deliver the Important Message from Medicare (IM) to all Medicare beneficiaries who are hospital inpatients. This admission notice provides beneficiaries and representatives a written notice about their hospital discharge appeal rights. CMS regulation dictates that IM delivery […]

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