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CMS Pitches 1.1% Boost to Medicare Advantage Payments

The CMS has proposed increasing health insurers' Medicare Advantage payment rates by 1.05% for 2016, a move that kicks off a 45-day dogfight in Washington before the rates are cemented. The base rate was an 0.95% average decrease, but "when combined with expected growth in plan risk scores due to coding," Advantage plans will actually receive the 1.05% hike in revenue next year, according to a release from the CMS posted late Friday afternoon.