A The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation released a report that provides an analysis of Medicare Advantage enrollment trends among HMOs, PPOs, and PFFS plans. The report highlights that 11.1 million people were enrolled in private Medicare Advantage plans as of March 2010. This is an increase from 10.5 million in March 2009. The report showed that this increase took place despite a reduction of available plans throughout that same period.
Medicare Doc Pay Cuts Expected to be Delayed Today
Last night, the House of Representatives voted 417-1 to approve a Senate bill that delays a 21% cut in Medicare payments to doctors. The bill delays the cuts another six months. Lawmakers will work on a more permanent solution in that time, but if history is any indication, a permanent solution isn’t coming anytime soon. Obama has expressed his approval of the bill and is planning to sign it into law today.
Medicare and Medicaid Implements New Fraud Mapping Tool
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new fraud mapping tool that will eventually be used throughout all government agencies. The fraud mapping tool was developed by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to collect massive amounts of information in real time, analyze the data for fraud trends, and then project possible fraud or errors using an array of indicators. This new tool comes on top of the “Do Not Pay” list created last week. Both methods aim to achieve President Obama’s goal of cutting improper Medicare payments in half by 2012.
Sentinel Life Medicare Supplement Plan N Approved in CA, IA, and LA
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Sources: AP, NPR, KFF, KHN