Payer Roundup—CMS delays deadlines for new bundled payment model


CMS delays participation deadline for new bundled payment program

Providers have a little more time to decide whether to participate in the Trump administration's new bundled payment program.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has pushed back the deadline for submitting participation agreements and clinical episode selections to Aug. 8, a one-week extension. The voluntary program was announced in January after the administration ended two mandatory bundled payment models.

The agency plans to announce participant selections by September, and the program will launch the following month. (Release [PDF])

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Vermont to regulate Trump's associated health plans

One of the most liberal states in the U.S. is acting quickly to regulate a new health insurance option from the Trump administration.

The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation will file emergency regulations for the recently announced associated health plans over concerns the plans might leave consumers vulnerable to fraud, the Associated Press reported.

Vermont's commissioner of financial regulation Michael Pieciak said previous, similar plans were "poorly run." Under state law, the commissioner can adopt rules that promote stability in Vermont's insurance market. (Associated Press)

UnitedHealthcare, Optum offer assistance to Colorado wildfire victims

A major insurer is taking action to help consumers affected by ongoing wildfires in Colorado.

UnitedHealthcare said it is offering assistance to plan participants whose access to care or prescriptions might be impacted, including helping them get early refills and making alternate arrangements.

Additionally, Optum is offering a free emotional-support help line for victims of the wildfires. (Release)

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