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CMS Seeks New Direction for Medicare Advantage and Part D Markets on Health Equity, Dual Eligible Integration

This week, our In Focus section highlights the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D programs for contract year 2023 and how these changes may impact plan applications, bid submissions, and market dynamics for future years. The analysis and insight reflect the combined expertise of HMA and its companies including the Wakely Consulting Group and The Moran Company.

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CMS Changes to the Medicare Advantage Star Rating Program Drive Significant Increases to Overall Star Ratings

This week, our In Focus section highlights a Wakely white paper titled, CMS Changes to the Medicare Advantage Star Rating Program Drive Significant Increases to Overall Star Ratings. Authored by Suzanna-Grace Sayre and Dani Cronick and published January 2022, this paper outlines the CMS modifications to the 2022 Star Ratings due to COVID-19, quantifies the estimated impact on 2023 MA spending, and discusses how these changes could influence the MA market in 2023.

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Medicaid Managed Care Provides Opportunities for States to Address Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity

This week, our In Focus highlights a new report prepared by Health Management Associates (HMA) on the potential for Medicaid Managed Care to enable states to address social determinants of health (SDOH) and health equity above and beyond what’s possible with traditional fee-for-service models. The report was released by Together for Better Medicaid, a coalition committed to building a better Medicaid system across the country.

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MS Releases MississippiCAN, CHIP RFQ

This week, our In Focus reviews the Mississippi request for qualifications (RFQ) for the state’s traditional Mississippi Coordinated Access Network (MississippiCAN) Medicaid program and the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The RFQ, released by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid on December 10, 2021, seeks two to three health plans to serve roughly 480,000 individuals. This is the first time the state is seeking plans, which it refers to as Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), to jointly administer MississippiCAN and CHIP.

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District of Columbia Releases Medicaid Managed Care RFP

This week, our In Focus section reviews the District of Columbia (DC) Medicaid managed care request for proposals (RFP), released on November 19, 2021, by the District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance. The procurement will cover DC Healthy Families Program (DCHFP), including adults with special health care needs; District of Columbia Healthcare Alliance Program (Alliance); and Immigrant Children’s Program (ICP). DC expects to award contracts to up to three managed care organizations (MCOs), covering physical, behavioral health, and pharmacy services. Contract approval is expected by June 2022 and implementation in October 2022.

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Missouri Releases Medicaid Managed Care RFP

This week our In Focus reviews the Missouri MO HealthNet (MHD) Medicaid Managed Care Program request for proposals (RFP), released on November 19, 2021, by the Department of Social Services (DSS). The MHD managed care program serves about 850,000 Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) members including the state’s newly implemented Medicaid expansion population, across all regions of Missouri. Missouri’s General Plan managed care program covers TANF, CHIP, expansion and similar eligibility groups but does not include individuals with disabilities or those over age 65.  The RFP also contains a separate section for a single, statewide Specialty Plan for foster children and children receiving adoption subsidy assistance. Managed care organizations must bid on and win a General Plan contract in order to be eligible for the Specialty Plan contract.

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