CMS proposes changes to dual-eligible risk adjustment model; Medicaid directors warned against restricting access to hep C drugs;

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> In response to concerns about the CMS-Hierarchical Condition Category risk adjustment model for predicting costs of dual eligible beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing changes to the model in order to "improve the predictive ratios for full benefit and partial benefit dual-eligible beneficiaries in the community." Announcement

> While MNsure has named Mark Nyquist as the finalist to become the Minnesota exchange's new CEO, as MPR News reports, a prominent Republican lawmaker in the state accused MNsure's current executives of misleading him about their budget, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Article

> In a notice to state Medicaid directors, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services warns them not to impose conditions for coverage that could unreasonably restrict beneficiaries' access to hepatitis C drugs. Notice

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> Healthcare executives saw salary increases in 2015 even as chief executive officer and chief financial officer salaries in publicly-traded companies in general saw slower growth, due in large part to the increasingly consumer-centered healthcare market, according to a new study. Article

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> Efforts to fight hospital-acquired conditions are succeeding, with the number of cases falling by 17 percent between 2011 and 2013, according to a study published this week by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Article

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