PODCAST: Medicare Advantage Plan Over Payments

A SYNOPSIS

By Eric Bricker

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PODCAST: Government Overpayments to Medicare Advantage Plans are a major problem.

CMS pays Medicare Advantage Plans per member based on a risk score. The more chronic conditions the person has, the larger the payments CMS makes to the Medicare Advantage Plan.

Medicare Advantage Plans may be overexaggerating how sick their members are in order to increase their payments from CMS.

The Department of Justice is currently suing Cigna and Elevance (Anthem) for such over exaggerations.

However there is a deeper problem… CMS itself had performed its own audits, but has not done so in 10 years. CMS identified $650M in overpayments and did nothing about them.

When the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) requested information on the audits, CMS refused. KFF had to sue CMS to obtain the audit information and it took 3 years for KFF to win the case.

Perhaps it is incompetence on the part of CMS or perhaps CMS does not want to reveal the audits or do anything about them due to political pressure.

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ORDER: https://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Health-Insurance-Managed-Care/dp/0826149944/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books& qid=1275315485&sr=1-4

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