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Milliman releases new analysis of Medicaid managed care administrative costs

Milliman today announced new research into the administrative costs associated with Medicaid managed care plans. These plans have become increasingly popular, which is due to the Medicaid expansion provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the continued growth of the managed care delivery system within Medicaid. This information is especially valuable now, with the release of the proposed 2016 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) capitation rate-setting guidance and the CMS proposed rule for Medicaid managed care. These CMS regulations require greater documentation of Medicaid managed care administrative costs, and may be useful as plans look to establish benchmarks.

We are excited about the addition of the administrative cost report to the annual financial analysis of Medicaid risk-based managed care reporting. This is an area of intense focus for the industry as we look to meet increased expectations of transparency in capitation rate-setting and face regulatory reporting of medical loss ratios.

Among other findings, the analysis demonstrates that Medicaid managed care administrative costs are primarily driven by expenditures for human capital and non-income-based taxes and fees.

The administrative cost report complements Milliman’s annual analysis of Medicaid managed care financial results, which is now in its seventh year. The administrative cost report will be updated annually.

To see the administrative cost report, click here. To view the annual financial analysis, click here.

Fixed offer or competitive bid? Choosing the right Medicaid managed care contracting methodology for your state’s needs

Medicaid revenue to risk-based managed care plans has increased significantly in recent years, and there’s now mounting pressure on state Medicaid agencies to deliver quality care and contain costs. Agencies must consider the long-term stability of their Medicaid programs through changes in population, cost trends, and care practices. How Medicaid contracts are awarded to managed care plans can have a major impact on how well they support strategic outcomes and can have unintended consequences if agencies don’t carefully consider their specific markets and regulatory realities. This Medicaid briefing paper authored by Milliman consultants Jeremy Palmer and Rob Damler provides more perspective.

Ikaso Consulting’s Reiko Osaki and Tom Arnold also contributed to the paper.

Medicaid risk-based managed care: Analysis of financial results for 2013

Most states require that contracted managed care organizations (MCOs) file annual statements with state insurance regulators. The statements are typically based on a standard reporting structure developed and maintained by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), with prescribed definitions enabling comparisons across reporting entities.

This report by Christopher Pettit and Jeremy Palmer provides a summary of benchmarking financial metrics for the calendar year 2013 based on these statements, including medical loss, administrative loss, underwriting, and risk-based capital ratios. The target audience includes state Medicaid agencies and MCO personnel responsible for reviewing and monitoring the financial results of risk-based managed care programs.

Medicaid risk-based managed care: Analysis of financial results for 2012

Risk-based managed care is the current platform from which Medicaid recipients receive healthcare benefits, at least in part, in more than 30 states in the United States. Managed care organizations (MCOs) of all varieties contract with state Medicaid agencies to deliver and manage the healthcare benefits under the Medicaid program in exchange for predetermined capitation revenue.

This report authored by Jeremy Palmer and Christopher Pettit summarizes the calendar year (CY) 2012 experience for selected financial metrics of organizations reporting Medicaid (Title XIX) experience. The information was compiled from the reported annual statements. The primary purpose of this report is to provide reference and benchmarking information for certain key financial metrics used in the day-to-day analysis of Medicaid MCO financial performance. The financial results are summarized on a composite basis for all reporting MCOs. Additionally, this report explores the differences among various types of MCOs using available segmentation attributes defined from the reported financial statements.

Medicaid risk-based managed care: Analysis of financial results for 2011

Risk-based managed care is the current platform from which Medicaid recipients receive healthcare benefits, at least in part, in more than 30 states in the United States. Managed care organizations (MCOs) of all varieties contract with state Medicaid agencies to deliver and manage the healthcare benefits under the Medicaid program in exchange for predetermined capitation revenue.

The primary purpose of this report is to provide reference and benchmarking information for certain key financial metrics used in the day-to-day analysis of Medicaid MCO financial performance. The financial results are summarized on a composite basis for all reporting MCOs. Additionally, this report explores the differences among various types of MCOs using available segmentation attributes defined from the reported financial statements.

Download and read the entire report here.

Medicaid risk-based managed care

Risk-based managed care is the current platform from which Medicaid recipients receive healthcare benefits, at least in part, in more than 30 states in the United States. Managed care organizations (MCOs) of all varieties contract with state Medicaid agencies to deliver and manage the healthcare benefits under the Medicaid program in exchange for predetermined capitation revenue.

Most states require that a contracted MCO also be a licensed health maintenance organization (HMO), which includes the requirement to file a statutory annual statement with the state insurance regulator.

This report, summarizing the 2010 financial results of organizations reporting Medicaid (Title XIX) experience, provides reference and benchmarking information for key metrics used in the day-to-day analysis of Medicaid MCO financial performance and explores the differences among various types of MCOs.