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Federal Policy

As the largest, single US healthcare payer, the government plays a dominant role in shaping the healthcare marketplace. Our experts track, interpret, and model federal policies that affect insurance coverage, access, and consumer choice so you can see around the bend.

Sean Creighton

CMS RADV White Paper Outlines Potentially Significant Program Changes

CMS is considering changes to its commercial market Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) program to improve the accuracy of risk adjustment transfers and to increase stability and predictability for issuers. This follows issuer experiences with the 2017 RADV process in which some issuers saw substantial, unforeseen changes to their risk adjustment transfers. These RADV changes have the potential to impact issuer participation and premiums in future years depending on the direction (positive or negative) and magnitude of those transfers.

Nick Diamond

USMCA Compromise Drops Key Biologics Exclusivity Provisions

The replacement to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, was originally proposed to increase biologics exclusivity in Mexico and Canada to 10 years. As part of the Administration’s compromise with the House of Representatives, these provisions have been removed from the amended version that was recently agreed to by the US, Mexico, and Canada. While exclusivity in the US remains unchanged at 12 years, that it is not increased for Canada and Mexico may impact market entry for biologics ex-US.

Denee McCloud

Webinar: Get the 411 on Healthcare Consulting

Are you interested in a career in healthcare consulting? Are you passionate about solving the challenges of the healthcare system? Avalere Health, a leading healthcare consulting firm, held an informational webinar on November 18 to provide information about the company and our Associate Immersion Program.

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