Tag Archives: Pamela Pelizzari

Challenges of interpreting data, reports, and media coverage regarding COVID-19

As COVID-19 has spread around the globe, scientists, mathematicians, economists, health professionals, and thinkers of all types have worked within their fields of study to try to quickly understand, analyze, and explain the effects of the global pandemic.

On a daily basis, important and time-sensitive questions are being posed and answered through the popular media, scientific journal articles, and countless other avenues. With the abundance of pandemic-related articles and discussions, it can be difficult to sort through the noise and determine which sources of information can be trusted, what analysis might not stand up to scrutiny, and how to reconcile apparently conflicting findings.

Milliman consultants Pamela Pelizzari, Stoddard Davenport, and Carol Bazell offer some perspective by exploring the challenge of interpreting data, reports, and media coverage surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in this paper.

Critical Point takes a look at potential COVID-19 healthcare costs

The COVID-19 pandemic will have far-reaching implications for both short- and long-term healthcare costs in the United States. One of the most important questions is how much will COVID-19 cost the healthcare system? Milliman consultants Pamela Pelizzari, Stoddard Davenport, Doug Norris, and Matt Kramer provide some perspective in this episode of Critical Point.

Key considerations for prospective BPCI Advanced participants

On January 9, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new voluntary bundled payment model, Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). The model started on October 1, 2018, and CMS has indicated that there will be an additional opportunity for new entrants to start on January 1, 2020, with the application period opening in April 2019. BPCI Advanced replaces the current BPCI models, which have been in operation for five years.

The bottom line for organizations interested in pursuing BPCI Advanced is whether the potential rewards for participating offset the risks and costs associated with that participation. The BPCI Advanced program offers proactive industry stakeholders flexibility to develop innovative care and gainsharing models, even if they had not previously participated in BPCI. However, both new entrants and experienced entities in the bundled payment space will need to balance these opportunities with target price and contractual structuring considerations in order to determine how they are best positioned to participate in the program.

In this paper, Milliman’s Daniel Muldoon and Pamela Pelizzari examine several factors, which can influence an organization’s decision to enter BPCI Advanced, and, if appropriate, its decision to share risk with a convening organization.

Ropes & Gray’s Devin Cohen, Evander Williams, and Michael Lampert also co-authored the paper.

Key considerations for VBID participation

In January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an opportunity for Medicare Advantage organizations (MAOs) to enter the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) model for 2020. MAOs will need to act fast to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the Medicare VBID model.

The first step in this process is understanding the types of interventions allowed under the model that will benefit an MAO’s covered population, if any. MAOs must then quantify savings and incorporate these interventions into the MAO’s previously submitted 2019 bid in order to apply by CMS’s March 15 deadline. The application must also include additional narrative and quantitative support as described in the calendar year 2020 VBID model actuarial guidance.

In this article, Milliman’s Catherine Murphy-Barron, Pamela Pelizzari, and Brian Regan describe the model and explore key issues for eligible MAOs considering participation in the model.





Understanding APM financial settlements

While alternative payment models (APMs) have increased in popularity over recent years, they can be difficult to implement because of their operational dependence on payment systems designed for fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement. In addition, moving away from a FFS reimbursement construct can cause underreporting of detailed services. As a result, many APMs undergo financial settlements, meaning payments flow as normal during model performance periods and are retrospectively reconciled to a target price or benchmark after the fact.

APM financial settlement data offer providers opportunities to validate financial calculations, understand methodology, and enhance patient management. Providers can also gain perspective on other revenue drivers such as patient retention.

In this paper, Milliman consultants explore APM reimbursement methodologies through the lens of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Oncology Care Model as an illustrative case study.





Critical Point podcast: Alternative Payment Models 101

In the latest Critical Point podcast, healthcare consultant Pamela Pelizzari discusses alternative payment methods, bundled payment, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and more. She explains in more detail what is meant by the term alternative payment model and why people should be interested. Pamela also explains how ACOs fit in and how alternative payments fit with Medicare and Medicaid.

To listen to this episode of Critical Point, click here.