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Insights & Analysis

There’s one constant in healthcare: change. Count on us to break down the trends so you can stay up to date. Follow our take on each piece of this deep, intertwined, and often perplexing industry to find opportunities and practical approaches to move healthcare forward.

Fred Bently

Medicare Advantage and Medicaid Managed Care Growth Present Risks and Opportunities for Post-Acute Care Providers

The payer landscape continues to evolve for post-acute care (PAC) providers. Fueled by lower annual costs and expanded benefit options relative to the Medicare fee-for- service (FFS) program, Medicare Advantage (MA) is growing rapidly, now encompassing more than one-third of all Medicare beneficiaries. At the same time, nearly half the states have implemented managed care plans to provide Medicaid long-term care benefits.

Teresa Green

Medication Adherence Rates Low Among Patients with Serious Mental Illness

Avalere research recently published in ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research compared patient characteristics and real-world outcomes in 2 distinct high-risk cohorts of patients with serious mental illness (SMI), including patients with a hospitalization related to SMI (recently discharged) and patients newly diagnosed with SMI (early episode). The research included 51,705 patients with bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia.

Matt Kazan

5 High Impact Areas in the MA Advance Notice & Proposed Rule

This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) through the annual Advance Rate Notice and Proposed Rule. These proposals impact MA in many ways, including changes to quality bonus payments, network adequacy requirements, coverage of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), plans targeting dual eligibles, and supplemental benefit offerings. Stakeholders should examine each of these areas closely as they respond to CMS.

Chris Sloan

Details Matter: Healthcare Coverage Landscape Varies in Early Primary States

As the early presidential primaries unfold, healthcare remains a top issue among voters. As recently as the November Democratic primary debate, polls showed that 24% of Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents said healthcare was the number one issue they wanted to hear discussed, ahead of the environment (12%), immigration (6%), jobs and the economy (5%), education (4%), and gun control (4%).

Megan Olsen

CMS’s Healthy Adult Opportunity Program Includes Significant Changes to Medicaid Drug Benefit

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Healthy Adult Opportunity, a new Section 1115 demonstration initiative allowing states to shift toward capped Medicaid financing models with an opportunity for shared savings. If the option is chosen by states, it could be the largest change to Medicaid since the ACA.

Laura Heller

FDA’s Priorities and Approach for Homeopathic Drug Products

On October 24, the FDA released a draft guidance describing the intended risk-based approach for regulatory actions toward homeopathic drug products marketed in the United States without the required FDA approval. The FDA has not approved a single homeopathic product thus far. The agency is currently restructuring its enforcement and regulatory priorities in this space.

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