Direct Contracting Entities Update

You may remember us telling you about the Medicare Direct Contracting Program last year. Direct Contracting is a further iteration of the Next Generation ACO model, and will allow entities to participate in risk agreements directly with Medicare.

Since then, we’ve learned a lot more, and Medicare gave us even more updates this last week! This week, we are thrilled to welcome one of our favorite Smarties, Lucy Sola. Lucy has been involved with our implementation of this program for VillageMD, and she gives us the inside scoop on recent updates in light of COVID-19. Tune in to find out this new information!

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It’s Raining Regs

We were inspired by The Weather Girls for our first episode back since the COVID-19 pandemic started. We have seen a torrential downpour of regulations and guidance from the government in the last few months. It truly feels like it is “Raining Regs”; everything from $2 trillion in stimulus money through the CARES Act to Telemedicine regulation changes. In this episode, we explore the changes that impact primary care physicians.

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Here is some content you may like: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-flexibilities-overview-graphic.pdf

Can Physicians Promote MA Plans?

With the Medicare Advantage selection season upon us, we know marketing regulations can be confusing for everyone. In this episode, we are joined by Michael Adelberg, an attorney from Faegre, Baker, and Daniels. We provide a summary of how traditional Medicare differs from MA plans, and the dos and don’ts for talking with patients about these plans. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any further questions about this content. We are here to help you stay compliant!

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