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Showing 4 posts from May 2011.

Michigan Supreme Court Issues Decision on Small Employer Group Health Coverage

Small employers may soon expect to see provisions in their health plan policies requiring them to make minimum contributions to their employees' premiums as a result of a recent Michigan Supreme Court decision. On May 17, 2011, the Supreme Court of Michigan rendered a decision interpreting a provision in the Small Group Health Coverage Act (the "Act"), a law that requires every insurance carrier wishing to provide health care benefits to small employers in Michigan to offer all of its small-employer health plans to all small employers. MCL 500.3701 et. seq

For a complete analysis of this case, see our newsletter article entitled "Michigan Supreme Court Issues Decision on Small Employer Group Health Coverage."

Categories: Billing/Payment, Employment, Insurance

Braving the New Frontier of Accountable Care Organizations

Braving the New Frontier of Accountable Care OrganizationsOn May 17, 2011, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, a part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS"), announced a "Pioneer ACO Model" designed for providers that are already experienced in coordinating care for patients across care settings.

The Pioneer ACO program provides higher risks and greater rewards in the first two years of the program than those available to non-Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations ("ACOs"). Specifically, non-Pioneer ACOs can choose from two tracks that vary on risk and reward under the CMS proposed ACO regulations.  Track One ACOs are those involved in a “one-sided model” that begins as a no-risk shared-savings payment system for the first two years and converts to a risk-sharing payment system in the third year. Track Two ACOs are those that are involved in a "two-sided model,” with risk-sharing (of both savings and losses) beginning in year one. Pioneer ACOs also participate in two-sided risk sharing from year one. Read More ›

Categories: Accountable Care Organizations, Health Care Reform, Hospitals

Exchange Planning In Michigan Health Insurance

The 2010 health reform act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA"), provides for the creation of health insurance "exchanges." Exchanges are programs designed to make it easier for eligible consumers and small businesses to compare and purchase health insurance coverage in a one-stop shopping format.  An Exchange is essentially a set of state regulated and standardized private health care plans, from which individuals may purchase health insurance that is eligible for federal subsidies. States choosing to create Exchanges are required to have them up and running by 2014. Read More ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Health Insurance Exchange, Regulatory

The Government is paying HOW much?

The Medicare Data Access for Transparency and Accountability Act ("DATA Act") was introduced in the United States Senate on April 7, 2011.  The DATA Act seeks to make public the Department of Health and Human Services' claims and payment data, which would include data on payments made to medical providers pursuant to the Social Security Act (i.e., Medicare).  Specifically, the data made available to the public would include the following: Read More ›

Categories: Billing/Payment, Medicare/Medicaid

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Best Lawyers® 2020

Congratulations to the attorneys of the Health Care practice group at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC for their inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2020 edition. Firm-wide, 42 lawyers were listed. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation and as lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Health Care practice group members listed in Best Lawyers are as follows:

To see the full list of Foster Swift attorneys listed in Best Lawyers 2020, click here.