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  • Photo of family at doctor, showing importance of states maintaining compliance with Medicaid and CHIP eligibility

Medicaid and CHIP eligibility

2023-10-11T09:49:13-04:00

On August 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to all 50 states, requiring a review of their eligibility systems. The impetus for this letter: CMS determined some states’ Medicaid and CHIP eligibility systems are incorrectly configured to automatically renew people at the family level and not the individual level. Read here how this requirement and recommendations affect health plan partners.

Medicaid and CHIP eligibility2023-10-11T09:49:13-04:00
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Part C & Part D Enrollment and Eligibility Guidance

2023-09-14T11:31:34-04:00

On August 15, 2023, CMS released the updated guidance for Part C and Part D enrollment and eligibility. Included with the policy and technical changes was a new MA model enrollment request form. Read about the notable updates here, as well as access links to enrollment/disenrollment instructions and forms.

Part C & Part D Enrollment and Eligibility Guidance2023-09-14T11:31:34-04:00
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RPA before AI

2023-08-02T15:40:32-04:00

In this era of digital transformation, organizations across industries are constantly seeking ways to optimize their processes, enhance productivity, and streamline operations. RPA emerges as a game-changer, providing a solid foundation for process automation and paving the way for future advancements. That’s right: RPA before AI.

RPA before AI2023-08-02T15:40:32-04:00
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Is AI really revolutionary?

2023-07-23T13:48:02-04:00

AI is dominating headlines and causing controversy, but is AI really revolutionary? Perhaps the answer lies in looking at the landmark revolutionary moments that have preceded it—the printing press, the steam engine, and the microprocessor, among others—and determining what, if anything, AI has revolutionized. It may be more than you think.

Is AI really revolutionary?2023-07-23T13:48:02-04:00
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Annual Election Period Must-Dos for Medicare Advantage Plans

2023-07-31T16:07:31-04:00

Annually, open enrollment activities are a true performance test of your company’s systems and processes. Challenges faced during open enrollment can lead to significant compliance risks for your organization as it enters the CMS 2023 Program Audit time of year.

Annual Election Period Must-Dos for Medicare Advantage Plans2023-07-31T16:07:31-04:00
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There’s a growing accounting workforce gap, technology can help close it

2023-07-23T13:58:19-04:00

Most people have a love-hate relationship with technology. But when done right, technology is a resource that maximizes—not diminishes—the value of the worker. This can be especially true when looking at the growing accounting workforce gap. Think of it this way: technology can do “X” and “Y” so Sally in Accounting can do “Z.” It makes technology not an either/or proposition but a win-win.

There’s a growing accounting workforce gap, technology can help close it2023-07-23T13:58:19-04:00
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Empowering employees: RPA, job satisfaction, and work-life balance

2023-07-21T11:11:06-04:00

While concerns about automation replacing human workers remain, organizations are increasingly turning to Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to streamline operations, improve efficiency, and drive productivity. In the process, they’re learning that not only is RPA not replacing human workers, but that RPA, job satisfaction, and work-life balance are closely related. As people are tasked with more meaningful work, they feel happier, more valued, and more productive.

Empowering employees: RPA, job satisfaction, and work-life balance2023-07-21T11:11:06-04:00
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Choose the right cloud services and MSP provider

2023-07-21T10:41:36-04:00

Despite many businesses moving to cloud services and contracting with MSPs, the true benefits of both are often misunderstood or underutilized. From performance, to security, to cost efficiency, each can support and transform business operations, and when paired, offer the perfect combination of capability and execution needed to drive long-term success.

Choose the right cloud services and MSP provider2023-07-21T10:41:36-04:00
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What does AI do?

2023-06-20T15:22:14-04:00

Most admit AI is revolutionary. Still, many say: "So what?" Then ask: "What does AI even do?" Garnet River's research team has been asking the same question. Even if indirectly, AI changes everything. It's the rare employee who can combine hard work with brilliance to develop game-changing solutions. Here are the the top 7 ways we think it will change commerce—and quickly.

What does AI do?2023-06-20T15:22:14-04:00
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Increase your CMS star ratings

2023-08-02T15:21:03-04:00

From 2022 to 2023, star ratings for Medicare Advantage Plans (MAPs) have dropped—from 68 percent of MAPs having 4 stars or higher to only 51 percent having 4 stars or higher. That means slightly less than half the plans available to Medicare eligible members have achieved a good rating. For those MAPs with lower CMS star ratings than they would like, or those with CMS star ratings they would like to maintain or boost, here are four tips for setting your organization apart and helping increase your CMS star rating.

Increase your CMS star ratings2023-08-02T15:21:03-04:00
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