As we ended the summer of 2012, the Obama administration touted one of the more popular aspects of the Affordable Care Act – the requirement that health insurers spend at least 80 cents of every premium dollar on medical care and health care quality (85 cents for large employer groups purchasing health insurance), and if they do not, requiring these insurers to rebate the difference back to subscribers or their employers. According to the Administration, the “80/20 Rule” or the “Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Rule,” as it alternately known, resulted in 12.8 million Americans ...
Evolving reimbursement models for health care providers (away from “fee for service” and toward “pay for performance” and risk sharing) raise interesting questions as to how such payments will be treated under the new medical loss ratio rules under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Some of the payments will not qualify as “medical expense” or “quality improvement activities” and will be treated as “administrative expense,” so providers and insurers and health plans may want to take these rules into ...
On December 7, 2011, final rules on the medical loss ratio (“MLR”) requirements for insured health plans (and an interim final rule for non-federal governmental plans) were issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The MLR requirements are effective January 1, 2012, and any issuer who does not meet the MLR requirements for the 2011 MLR reporting year must pay rebates by August 1, 2012. This alert ...
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