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CMS Proposes Rate Updates for 2020 Medicare Advantage Plans

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Part II of its 2020 Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part D Payment Policies and Draft Call letter. CMS proposes a 1.59 percent increase to baseline Medicare Advantage payment rates for 2020.

CMS Announces New Part D Payment Modernization Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new Part D Payment Modernization model, available through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, for Part D and Medicare Advantage (MA) drug plans beginning in January 2020.

CDC Issues Health Advisory on Penicillin-Resistant Strain of Brucella Bacteria

A new health advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares information about an investigation of a penicillin-resistant strain of Brucella spreading across the U.S. Suspected to be linked to consumption of unpasteurized milk from a farm in Pennsylvania, cases have now been identified in 19 states — including California. More information on the infection and recommended treatment is available in the advisory.