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CMS Puts the Squeeze on Medicare Advantage Plans
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It’s all part of the plan. Proposed Medicare Advantage payment rates and rules for 2016 released Friday feature an average proposed revenue impact on health plans pegged at -0.95%. When risk-adjusted to reflect costs associated with treating elderly populations, such as chronically ill patients, MA health plans should post modest 1.05% revenue growth in 2016, federal officials say.

In a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon, Sean Cavanaugh, director of the Center for Medicare, said the proposed payment level and rule changes for 2016 represent “stable rate policies” that embrace a drive started last month to boost value-based contracting in Medicare.