Health plans have a variety of uses for plan benefit information: CMS bid review and approval, Medicare Plan Finder, member materials (such as ANOCs, EOCs, and SBs), customer service, sales, appeals and grievances, claims, and more. However, this information is typically housed in multiple locations and managed independently with “no centralized source of truth”, making…

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Madena™ and CODY® Merge to Expand Technology and Consulting Capabilities CODY® Acquires Madena Madena has been acquired by CODY®, a leading healthcare technology and consulting firm. The combined offerings and decades of industry expertise provide Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial health plans an ‘end-to-end integrated solution’ previously unavailable in the marketplace. CODY® works with over 60…

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Every year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updates its Final Rule document that codifies the regulations for Medicare and Medicaid programs. After analyzing the complete 272-page Final Rule document—here are important regulatory CY22 changes worth noting: Medicare Communications and Marketing Guidelines (MCMG) document: While CMS believes it would be duplicative to produce…

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Every year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updates its Plan Benefit Package (PBP) Software that Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D plans use as part of their bid submissions. The PBP Beta Software is released in late January to allow plans to test and provide feedback before the full version is available…

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Merger will combine deep experience of healthcare industry veterans nationwide TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2021) – CODY®, a Tampa, Fla-based healthcare technology and consulting firm, has acquired Madena™ in a transaction valued at $7.3 million. Madena, a recognized consulting and software leader with an emphasis on enrollment, billing and reconciliation, is best known for its…

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As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) increases its scrutiny and escalates enforcement, Compliance managers are on guard to ensure regulatory standards are met—and fines, sanctions, or even termination from CMS programs, are avoided. How can Compliance and Operations managers mitigate compliance risk and improve operations? The best way to avoid compliance errors…

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Policies and procedures are essential tools for any organization. By clearly articulating the requirements established by external oversight bodies and internal standards, they are an effective control to support consistency, accountability, and compliance. To be effective, policies and procedures should be: Designed as tools that help employees make decisions related to their assigned tasks/responsibilities; Clear,…

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It’s no secret that Star Ratings can have a significant impact on a health plan’s membership and bottom line. As competition increases, it’s essential to have strategies in place to elevate or maintain a 4+ star rating. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released Highlights of Contract Performance in 2021 Star Ratings.…

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Julie Hughes expands leadership position with health plan compliance expertise CODY®, a Tampa, Fla.-based healthcare technology and consulting firm, has hired health plan compliance expert Julie Hughes as Chief Compliance Officer. In this role, Hughes will lead CODY’s internal compliance program and deliver compliance consulting services to clients. She will be instrumental in working across the organization…

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Deb Mabari’s chapter covers payer privacy issues in the Health Care Compliance Association’s latest edition of “Health Care Privacy Compliance Handbook” TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2020) – Deb Mabari, chief executive officer of CODY®, a Tampa, Fla.-based healthcare technology and consulting firm, has authored a chapter in the Health Care Compliance Association’s newest edition of…

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