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Medicare Advantage rate cut remains as feds keep up pressure

Fierce Healthcare

Insurers will feel resentful Monday as the feds opted to not reverse its decision to decrease Medicare Advantage benchmark payments by 0.16%, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced. | CMS is not deviating from its January proposal to modestly rein in Medicare Advantage.

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CMS final rule on broker comp, health equity could shake up Medicare Advantage

Fierce Healthcare

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized a host of actions ranging from broker compensation, health equity, mental health, supplemental benefits and biosimiliars, in the Contract Year | Medicare Advantage plans will need to adjust to new star ratings requirements, industry watchers warned following a final rule on Thursday.

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Medicare to cover Novo’s obesity drug for some patients

Health Care Dive

Two weeks after the FDA updated Wegovy’s label, Medicare changed its stance to allow people with a history of heart disease to receive treatment, a shift that could further boost access to the fast-selling medicine.

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KFF: A look at healthcare spending trends in Medicare households

Fierce Healthcare

Medicare households are spending far more on healthcare than other households, according to a new KFF analysis. Medicare households are spending far more on healthcare than other households, according to a new KFF analysis.

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Walgreens to accept Medicare Advantage OTC benefits online

Fierce Healthcare

Walgreens will now accept a slew of Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits online, including the option for home delivery, the company announced this week. Walgreens will now accept a slew of Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits online, including the option for home delivery, the company announced this week.

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HHS: Medicare incentives, penalties for hospitals could help stem drug shortages

Fierce Healthcare

To address the nation’s drug shortages, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is floating a plan that would attach new Medicare payments and penalties to hospitals’ supply chain practic | A white paper penned by HHS outlines a potential program that would push hospitals toward inventory and purchasing practices that reinforce long-term (..)

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CMS seeks input on improving transparency in Medicare Advantage

Fierce Healthcare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking feedback on how to increase transparency around Medicare Advantage and improve data capabilities. |

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