The administration that created the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with Medicaid expansion as a centerpiece to cover more low-income insureds is now sending out letters notifying people who have policies via health insurance exchanges to end them immediately and the subsidies associated with then, if they are also eligible for Medicaid. Under Medicaid Expansion, those at [...]
According to CMS, the Original Comprehensive Primary Care (Original CPC) Model, is being replaced with the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) which is intended to allow health care provider practices to apply for one of two program tracks, with increasing payment and care redesign expectations from Tracks 1 to 2.
Expert Witness for Future Medical Costs : Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability – ACA
In our experience, one strategy is to work within the Superior Court or State Court level and then appeal to a higher court perhaps at the Federal level. Some courts have elected not to hear testimony regarding future care costs under the Affordable Care Act, only to find that it is the law of the land and now has an impact. There are also unintended consequences in product liability cases. Third party liability and subrogation may also be affected.
CMS Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 60 Day Comment Period, Sunsetting of Meaningful Use
New Federal healthcare industry payment models based on the April 27th, release of a proposed rule propose MIPS, MACRA, and APM methodologies for calculating healthcare reimbursement. There are 962 pages in a document that proposes once in a generation changes in how healthcare providers are compensated. The Meaningful Use program is eight years old and [...]
Interoperability in Healthcare: Are Anti-Competitive Forces Limiting Innovation and Patient Benefits?
According to a physician in Utah, Health Information Exchanges don't work very well yet. Dr. Raymond Ward, MD is a member of the Utah State Legislature. "When I try to look up patients sometimes I find them via the HIE, sometimes I don't." Dr. Ward is both a practicing physician and a passionate legislator for improvement [...]
As an expert witness I am regularly requested to provide opinions regarding the value of medical care under the Affordable Care Act. A misunderstood and often overlooked centerpiece of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—often referred to as “Obamacare” or "ACA"—is the expansion of Medicaid eligibility to people with annual incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
HIMSS has entered the interoperability standards game and partnered with ICSA on the ConCert seal of approval, though this is a relatively new standard with under 20 vendors certified to date. New vendors are receiving the ConCert approval for electronic health record interoperability. Separately, the CommonWell Alliance also announced new members and a post acute [...]
Precision medicine targets disease at a genetic level for groups of patients with specific attributes. Sharing patient data at the point of care introduces new opportunities and new HIPAA Privacy and Security challenges. The President's 2016 budget proposes federal funds to update interoperability standards to include genetic data with the intent of sharing it while acknowledging [...]
Mike Arrigo In my work as an expert witness regarding medical billing and coding, I provide opinions on Usual Customary and Reasonable cost of care. I receive questions on the difference between different types of care, codes and billing and the role of various entities in health care revenue cycle management and claims [...]
In my work as an expert witness regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as the "ACA" or "Obamacare"), I find that more medical malpractice and personal industry cases as well as cases involving requirements for insurance coverage for self-insured employer's employees encompass ACA in their scope. The ACA may change the economics of healthcare as they apply to a legal matter involving damages, value of care, or insurance coverage and benefits.
The deadline for employers to electronically file the so-called 1094 forms for 2015 which provide coverage information to the IRS was extended to June 30, 2016 from March 31, while non-electronic form reporting was delayed to May 31, 2016 from Feb. 29.
Buy insurance by Sunday, January 31, 2016 which is the last day to buy health insurance to avoid a $695 per adult and $347.50 per child penalty, or 2.5% of annual household income whichever is higher