Medicaid provides coverage for healthcare services for individuals and families with incomes of up to 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). The 2017 levels equate to $16,400 per year for individuals and $33,600 for a family of four.
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Is Price Transparency the Next “Big Thing”? High deductible health plans are likely here to stay. As consumers pay bigger portions for healthcare, many find it difficult, if not impossible, to pay bills that run into the thousands. When consumers can’t pay, physicians and hospitals suffer. Ten US hospitals and health systems filed for bankruptcy […]Read More »
For the second time, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a delay in implementing bundled payment models. CMS’ Interim Final Rule delays several Medicare payment models until Oct. 1, 2017. This rule has stakeholders wondering if there will be yet another delay beyond October or if bundled payments will take hold at all under the Trump administration.Read More »
Hippocrates is often credited as being the first to use some form of the famous quote “First, Do No Harm” which dates back to the late Fifth Century. This quote was the precursor to today’s modern Hippocratic Oath and was obviously written when physicians weren’t influenced by government reimbursements. With the recent news that the […]Read More »
Although the rate of appeals is low, mitigating potential and actual conflicts of interest is a critical issue for Independent Review Organizations (IRO). A conflict of interest severely damages the integrity of the independent review process, both for internal and external reviews. Thus, transparency between stakeholders is important to maintain this review integrity. Generally, both […]Read More »