Health Plan Weekly

Remote Substance Use Treatment Faces Quarantine Test

To recover from addiction, people with substance use disorders (SUDs) need support from providers and their peers. As quarantine has become a way of life, and gatherings have been banned in most states for the fores...
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Payers Use Apps to Keep People Informed, Healthy During Pandemic

As the COVID-19 crisis tightened its grip on the U.S., industries from restaurants to retail turned to technology to better serve customers who were sheltering at home. Health insurers were no exception, as tech pla...
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CMS Final Rule Bolsters Telehealth, Allows ESRD Patients to Enroll in MA

CMS has finalized a set of proposals for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans that encourage MA plans to increase their telehealth benefits and give end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients the right to enroll in regu...
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Academy of Actuaries Report Sizes Up Federal Options to Deflect Insurer Risk

Though COVID-19 has put significant pressure on the health care system at large, payers have not yet felt the financial pain confronting hospitals, since utilization for chronic and elective care is at unprecedented...
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Outpatient Visits Rebound, Yet Remain a Third Lower Than Before COVID-19

The number of visits to ambulatory care practices has rebounded since April after a 60% drop in mid-March (HPW 05/18/20, p. 7), according to a recently updated analysis by researchers at Harvard University and healt...
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News Briefs

✦ Some health insurers received and then returned unsolicited payments from the $30 billion grant fund that HHS distributed to offer COVID-19 financial relief to health care providers, Modern Healthcare reported. ...
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Subsidies Could Defang Risk From New COBRA Guidance Chart: For Some Newly Unemployed, Health Coverage Options Are Pricey

The Trump administration recently released guidance that will allow the newly unemployed to retroactively opt into COBRA months from now, which could increase the risk of adverse selection and thus harm fully insure...
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Will Autoenrollment Advance Amid Health-Coverage Crisis?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the U.S. economy, it would seem to be the perfect time for policymakers to explore a policy option that has garnered rare bipartisan support: automatic health insurance e...
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Survey Suggests Insurers Should Ramp Up Member Outreach

Health plan members say they’re not hearing anything from insurers about the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey shows. But one health insurance insider says it’s possible that many plans have attempted to communica...
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