On Wednesday, August 22, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a State Medicaid Director Letter (SMDL) memorializing CMS policy for ensuring that Section 1115 waivers remain budget neutral to the federal government. The SMDL describes CMS policy for calculating budget neutrality both for new waivers and for extensions of existing waivers with the implications for states with existing waivers, and those seeking to apply for waivers, discussed in this expert perspective.
Safeguarding Financial Stability of Provider Risk-Bearing Organizations
Erin Taylor and Michael Bailit, Bailit Health
JoAnn Volk, Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms
An increasingly common feature of health care payment models is the transfer of financial risk from payers to providers for health care services delivered to a defined population of patients. In these “value-based payment” models, providers accept financial responsibility (i.e., liability for financial losses) should spending for most, or all, services for an attributed patient population exceed targeted levels. This financial liability is often shared with payers, and maximum risk exposure is typically capped. This issue brief explores options for states as they consider oversight of risk-bearing organizations , with a focus on states that have elected to act to protect against provider insolvency.
The State Health Policy Highlight, Risk-Bearing Organizations Oversight: State Considerations, reviews specific state considerations when overseeing risk-bearing organizations. An accompaniment to the issue brief, Case Studies: State Examples of Safeguarding Financial Stability of Provider Risk-Bearing Organizations, provides a deeper dive into approaches in four states: California, Massachusetts, New York and Texas.