Health Care Spending Steady in 2019, but 2020 Stats Expected to Show Major Upheaval

National health expenditures (NHE) grew by 4.6 perent in 2019, according to the annual update to the National Health Expenditure Accounts (NHEA), according to a study conducted by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). That growth rate is in line with recent years, with average annual growth since 2016…

CMS Outlines Planned Payment for Hospice Medicare Advantage Coverage under VBID Test

In CY2021 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to test coverage of hospice as part of the Medicare Advantage (MA) benefit package through its ongoing Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) model. (See this NAHC Report article for more information.)  A December 2019 Request for Applications (RFA) outlining of the model, participating plans must…