Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovations

Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovations

The Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovations is LeadingAge’s clearinghouse for information, resources, networking, and assistance about the relationship between managed care, both Medicare and Medicaid, and post-acute and long-term services and supports providers. Here you can find information, education and tools providers need to participate in managed care, integrated service delivery and alternative payment models, such as accountable care organizations and/or bundled payments. Questions? Contact us.

  1. CMS Adds New Coverage Requirements to MA Plans Under COVID-19

    Specifically, for tests or services on or after March 18 through the national emergency period, MAOs are required to cover the following without cost sharing to the plan enrollee: Clinical laboratory tests for the detection and diagnosis of the virus strain that causes COVID-19 and ...

  2. Summary of Health Plan Waivers and Policies in COVID-19 Era

    While CMS has been making changes to Medicare fee-for-services policies such as waiving 3-day stay requirements for SNF stay and extending some SNF stays beyond the 100 days,  managed care plans, such as Medicare Advantage and Special Needs Plans, are not required to adopt these same ...

  3. COVID-19 Creates New MA Plan Obligations and Flexibilities

    These plan obligations and flexibilities occur under any of the following triggering events: a presidential declaration of disaster or emergency, a secretarial declaration of a public health emergency, or a declaration by the Governor of a State or Protectorate. They end when the source of the declaration says the disaster or ...

  4. The "Hospice Carve In" Demo Explained

    Who can apply? Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) can elect to participate in the hospice benefit component and in other components offered by the VBID model or to only participate the hospice benefit component of VBID (while meeting a few core criteria of the VBID model). MAOs are ...

  5. Brad Smith Announced as New CMMI Director

    In this new role, Smith will not only lead the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation but will also serve as a Senior Advisor to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar for Value-Based Transformation. Secretary Azar stressed that Smith will “continue and accelerate the value-based transformation work” of CMS ...