The authors of the study caution that their findings do not make any broad statements about the effects of coding changes in general. It is important to realize that the spike in Medicare spending during the year of 2010 could in fact be a one-off anomaly as opposed to a trend. But the researchers were able to conclude that in this particular case of Medicare billing structure alteration, the projected results of the change were out of alignment with the actual real-world repercussions.
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As a temporary measure to prevent the possibility of millions of Americans losing their health coverage, the US Department of Health and Human Services has granted 1,722 waivers to more than 4 million people with limited benefit health plans. The waivers will allow these employees to keep their coverage for at least one more year. Some of the organizations that received waivers were staunch supporters of the health reform bill. More than half of the people covered by these waivers are members of labor unions, including the Service Employees International Union, the Teamsters, and United Food and Commercial Workers.
Summary of Key Changes to Medicare in 2010 Health Reform Law
This brief provides a detailed look at the improvements in Medicare benefits, changes to payments for providers and Medicare Advantage plans, various demonstration projects and other Medicare provisions in the law. It includes a timeline of key dates for implementing the Medicare-related provisions in the law. Issue Brief (.pdf) Earlier Versions:
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This attitude for considering such wide latitude of ideas illustrates the sea-change shift that has occurred within the government bureaucracy that has traditionally sought to evaluate “new ideas” primarily by comparing differences in existing care delivery models across the spectrum of the US healthcare system. However, CMS’ Innovation Center does not have full autonomy for conducting Medicare demonstration projects since it is required to focus on new models for paying healthcare providers, e.g., doctors and hospitals. Because of this limitation (and related anti-kickback laws) the Innovation Center cannot do demonstrations that alter benefit structures, or empower ACOs to create new financial incentives for patients by changing co-payments or other cost sharing requirements. In contrast, private payers are implementing financial incentives to prompt patients to use certain providers, select primary care physicians to help guide them through complex care situations, or adhere to medical therapies for chronic conditions, etc. Perhaps in the future, (either directly or as part of the latitude for accountable healthcare systems), Medicare will be able to test modifications of beneficiaries’ cost-sharing to expand how patients are engaged for improving the quality of care and sharing cost savings.
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Coloradans Seek Balanced Approach to Medicare, Social Security Changes
Raju Jairam, 64, of Fort Collins, also is opposed to immediate, major changes. He pointed to the suggestion of boosting the full retirement age for Social Security to 70 from the current 67 for those born in 1960 or later.