CMS proposes changes to how it collects information from insurers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a paperwork review notice that it has asked the Office of Management and Budget for a control number in an attempt to collect information from health insurers. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers must provide information about enrollment and claim denials, among other items, in a standardized format. Last year, CMS submitted a template through the paperwork review process, but the agency put off actually requiring insurers to send the reports. And while CMS will begin applying new reporting rules to insurers who sell on the exchanges, it will phase in final implementation over time. The bulletin is open for public comments until Oct. 13. Announcement