By Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
The Departments of Treasury (IRS), Labor (DOL) and Health & Human Services (HHS) are inviting public comments on impending new federal requirements that will compel health insurance issuers offering individual or group medical coverage to send annual reports to HHS on the percentages of premiums that the coverage spends on reimbursement for clinical services and activities that improve health care quality, and to provide rebates to enrollees if this spending does not meet minimum standards for a given plan year added as Section 2718 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Public Law 111-148, enacted on March 23, 2010.
Among other things, Section 2718 of the PHS Act, Section 715 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and Section 9815 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code) will require health insurance issuers offering group or individual coverage to report to HHS annually:
- The ratio of the incurred loss (or incurred claims) plus the loss adjustment expense (or change in contract reserves) to earned premiums (also known as the medical loss ratio (MLR)); and
- The percentage of total premium revenue–after accounting for collections or receipts for risk adjustment and risk corridors and payments of reinsurance–that the coverage spends: (1) on reimbursement for clinical services provided to enrollees; (2) for activities that improve health care quality; and (3) on all other non-claims costs, including an explanation of the nature of these costs, and excluding Federal and State taxes and licensing or regulatory fees.
PPACA also requires that HHS make these reports available to the public on the Internet Web site of HHS. To review the request for comments and its instructions for commenting on the new requirements, see here.
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If your organization needs advice or help with commenting on the request for comments or to evaluate or respond to other health care reform regulations or other health care matters, contact Cynthia Marcotte Stamer at (469) 767-8872 or via e-mail here.
Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, Exempt Organization Vice-Coordinator of the Southern States IRS TEGE Council, Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Employee Benefits & Other Compensation Arrangements Group, a Council Member of the ABA Joint Committee On Employee Benefits Council, Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section and the former Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Ms. Stamer has more than 22 years experience advising health industry clients about these and other matters. A popular lecturer and widely published author on health industry matters, Ms. Stamer advises hospitals and other health industry clients about responding to and using these and other quality measures and other related concerns. Ms. Stamer also publishes and speaks extensively on health and managed care industry quality, regulatory, reimbursement, and other operations, risk management and public policy concerns. Her insights on these and other related matters appear in the Health Care Compliance Association, Atlantic Information Service, Bureau of National Affairs, World At Work, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Modern Health Care, Managed Healthcare, Health Leaders, and a many other national and local publications. For additional information about Ms. Stamer, her experience, involvements, programs or publications, see here.
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