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Jonathan Blum, CMS deputy administrator, resigns post

Jonathan Blum, Medicare director and principal deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will step dpwn on May 16, Reuters reported.

Medicare Advantage plans provide more benefits than Medicare

Almost all Medicare Advantage plans offer broader coverage than traditional Medicare, according to a new study from HealthPocket. The study found 97 percent of 2014 private Medicare Advantage plans provided at least one additional benefit, whether vision, dental or hearing, that isn't provided in Medicare plans.

Medicare Advantage payment changes stir anger

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' recent reversal of proposed payment cuts to Medicare Advantage plans has yet to gain a ton of supporters, reports The Washington Post.

Medicare Advantage cuts still in the cards for some insurers

Some insurers still expect to see Medicare Advantage rates drop next year, even though the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reversed course on proposed rate cuts earlier this week.

CMS reverses course on Medicare Advantage cuts

Health insurers operating Medicare Advantage plans no longer have to fear impending cuts to the program. Not only did the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services not implement its proposed cuts, it actually increased rates for next year.

How to stay ahead in Medicare Advantage

Despite impending payment cuts, health insurance companies won't walk away from Medicare Advantage--thanks in part to a growing Medicare population and the incoming generation's comfort with managed care, Managed Healthcare Executive reported.

Lessons from a 25-year integrated care veteran

Many healthcare organizations are just starting to adopt more integrated models of care--Humana has embraced the concept for 25 years, Roy Beveridge, M.D., chief medical officer of Humana, told FierceHealthPayer in an exclusive interview.

Hospitals make major inroads in insurance biz

More hospitals and health systems are getting into the insurance business, eliminating health insurers from the process, the  Fiscal Times reported.

Proposed rules target Medicare Advantage network changes

Following UnitedHealth's controversial move to drop 19 percent of its Medicare Advantage network, new rules call for insurers to give members and providers more notice of major network changes and terminations,  Kaiser Health News  and the  Washington Post  reported.

AHIP, MedPAC send mixed signals on Medicare Advantage cuts

The Medicare Advantage debate heats up as the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and insurers' corporate filings dispute claims AHIP made in recent ads about proposed payment cuts, according to USA TODAY.