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We understand and share these concerns. We believe that the Medicare enrollment requirement could result in a duplication of effort and, consequently, impose a burden on MA providers and suppliers as well as MA organizations and beneficiaries in the form of limiting access to providers. While we maintain that Medicare enrollment, in conjunction with MA credentialing, is the most thorough means of confirming a provider’s compliance with Medicare requirements and of verifying the provider’s qualifications to furnish services and items, we believe that an appropriate balance can be achieved between this program integrity objective and the desire to reduce the burden on the provider and supplier communities. Given this, we propose to utilize the same “preclusion list” concept in MA that we are proposing for Part D (described in section III.B.9.) and to eliminate the current enrollment requirement in § 422.222. We believe this approach would allow us to concentrate our efforts on preventing MA payment for items and services furnished by providers and suppliers that could pose an elevated risk to Medicare beneficiaries and the Trust Funds, an approach, as previously mentioned, similar to the risk-based process in § 424.518. This would, we believe, minimize the burden on MA providers and suppliers.
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18.  See “Supplemental Guidance Relating to Improving Drug Utilization Review Controls in Part D”, September 6, 2012 (pp. 5, 19-20) at https://www.cms.gov/​Medicare/​Prescription-Drug-Coverage/​PrescriptionDrugCovContra/​RxUtilization.html.
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Testimony Find providers Blood / Hematology An alternative method of ensuring beneficiaries have access to opioids as necessary would be to require the sponsor immediately provide a transfer to a new provider when the first provider is on the preclusion list. The new provider should be able to make an assessment and either provide appropriate SUD treatment or continue the opioid or pain management regimen, as medically appropriate. We are interested to hear from commenters how to operationalize this and whether there is a better method to ensure appropriate medication is provided without transferring the beneficiary to a new provider. We are proposing a 90-day provisional coverage period in lieu of a 3-month drug supply/90-day time period established in existing § 423.120(c)(6), which was described on page 6 in the Technical Guidance on Implementation of the Part D Prescriber Enrollment Requirement (Technical Guidance) issued on December 29, 2015.[59] Under the existing regulation (which, as noted above, we have not enforced), a sponsor or MA-PD must track a separate 90-day consecutive time period for each drug covered as a provisional supply from the initial date-of-service; the sponsor or MA-PD must not reject a claim or deny a beneficiary’s request for reimbursement until the 90-day time period has passed or a 3-month supply has been dispensed, whichever comes first. Under our proposal, however, a beneficiary would have one 90-day provisional coverage period with respect to an individual on the preclusion list. Accordingly, a sponsor/PBM would track one 90-day time period from the date the first drug is dispensed to the beneficiary pursuant to a prescription written by the individual on the preclusion list. This dispensing event would trigger a written notice and a 90-day time period for the beneficiary to fill any prescriptions from that particular precluded prescriber and to find another prescriber during that 90-day time period.
Another wrinkle is that people who want a supplement might have a better chance of getting into the coverage during the transition out of their Medicare Cost plan, when the supplement is provided on a “guaranteed issue” basis. Later, insurance companies can ask questions about a senior’s health status and deny coverage depending on the answers, said Greiner of the Minnesota Board on Aging.
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§ 422.162 Accessibility › The month of your birthday, and *You must continue to pay applicable Kaiser Permanente Medicare health plan, and Medicare Part B premiums and any other applicable Medicare premium(s), if not otherwise paid by Medicaid or another third party. Advantage Plus optional dental, hearing, and extra vision benefits are not currently available in Virginia or Calvert, Carroll, Charles, and Frederick counties in Maryland. Not available for members who receive their Medicare health plan benefits through their employer, union, or trust fund.
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Account Center Website feedback: Tell us how we’re doing 3.947% 3.958% 3/1 ARM Furthermore, we have expressed concern that Part D sponsors may be restricting MTM eligibility criteria to limit the number of qualified enrollees, and we believe that explicitly including MTM program expenditures in the MLR numerator as QIA-related expenditures could provide an incentive to reduce any such restrictions. This is particularly important in providing individualized disease management in conjunction with the ongoing opioid Start Printed Page 56459crisis evolving within the Medicare population. We hope that, by removing any restrictions or uncertainty about whether compliant MTM programs will qualify for inclusion in the MLR numerator as QIA, the proposed changes will encourage Part D sponsors to strengthen their MTM programs by implementing innovative strategies for this potentially vulnerable population. We believe that beneficiaries with higher rates of medication adherence have better health outcomes, and that medication adherence can also produce medical spending offsets, which could lead to government and taxpayer savings in the trust fund, as well as beneficiary savings in the form of reduced premiums. We solicit comment on these proposed changes.
Deletion of paragraph (a)(4), which provides for CMS to determine that marketing materials include any other information necessary to enable beneficiaries to make an informed decision about enrollment. The intent of this section was to ensure that materials which include measuring or ranking mechanisms such as Star Ratings were a part of CMS’s marketing review. We Start Printed Page 56435propose deleting this section as the exclusion list to be codified at § 422.2260(c)(2)(ii) ensures materials that include measuring or ranking standards will be considered marketing, thus making §§ 422.2264(a)(4) and § 423.2264(a)(4) duplicative.
Recently Visited Value with Rx2: $118.60 Additional benefits As noted in section II. of this rule, we have chosen to propose Option 1. This approach is a cautious approach for the initial implementation year of the CARA “lock-in” provisions. We believe these provisions will result in the following savings to the program.
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++ Paragraph (b) states: “If an MA organization receives a request for Start Printed Page 56452payment by, or on behalf of, an individual or entity that is excluded by the OIG or is revoked from the Medicare program, the MA organization must notify the enrollee and the excluded or revoked individual or entity in writing, as directed by contract or other direction provided by CMS, that payments will not be made. Payment may not be made to, or on behalf of, an individual or entity that is excluded by the OIG or is revoked in the Medicare program.
My 5 Proudest Moments Signing Up for Medicare June 23, 2018 — 10:04pm Your Partner in Health Care’s New Era (i) The contract’s performance will be assessed using its weighted mean and its ranking relative to all rated contracts in the rating level (overall for MA-PDs and Part D summary for MA-PDs and PDPs) for the same Star Ratings year. The contract’s stability of performance will be assessed using the weighted variance and its ranking relative to all rated contracts in the rating type (overall for MA-PDs and Part D summary for MA-PDs and PDPs). The weighted mean and weighted variance are compared separately for MA-PD and standalone Part D contracts (PDPs). The measure weights are specified in paragraph (e) of this section. Since highly-rated contracts may have the improvement measure(s) excluded in the determination of their final highest rating, each contract’s weighted variance and weighted mean will be calculated both with and without the improvement measures. For an MA-PD’s Part C and D summary ratings, its ranking is relative to all other contracts’ weighted variance and weighted mean for the rating type (Part C summary, Part D summary) with the improvement measure.
19. Changes to the Days’ Supply Required by the Part D Transition Process Return to a Saved Application Your initial enrollment period starts three months before the month you attain age 65 and ends three months after the month you turn 65.
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§ 422.510 (C) The measure is scheduled to be retired or revised. (B) Enrolled in a Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit plan and specifies a network prescriber(s) or network pharmacy(ies) or both, select or change the selection of prescriber(s) or pharmacy(ies) or both for the beneficiary based on the beneficiary’s preference(s).
Minnesota Department of Health Videos & Tutorials Code of Professional Conduct Credit scoring While the transition will affect a lot of people, it won’t directly affect most of the nearly 1 million Medicare beneficiaries in the state, said Ross Corson, a Commerce Department spokesman. There’s no change for people who already are enrolled in MA plans, Corson said, or for those with original Medicare coverage.
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Data were collected from health insurer rate filing submitted to state regulators. These submissions are publicly available for the states we analyzed. Most rate information is available in the form of a SERFF filing (System for Electronic Rate and Form Filing) that includes a base rate and other factors that build up to an individual rate. In states where filings were unavailable, we gathered data from tables released by state insurance departments. Filings in most states are still preliminary. All premiums in this analysis are at the rating area level, and some plans may not be available in all cities or counties within the rating area. Rating areas are typically groups of neighboring counties, so a major city in the area was chosen for identification purposes.
++ Section 460.50(b) addresses grounds for which CMS or the state administering agency may terminate a PACE program agreement if CMS or the state administering agency determines that the conditions of paragraphs (b)(1) and (2) are met. In (b)(1), one of two conditions, outlined in paragraphs (b)(1)(i) and (ii), must be met. Paragraph (b)(1)(ii) states: “The PACE organization failed to comply substantially with conditions for a PACE program or PACE organization under this part, or with terms of its PACE program agreement, including employing or contracting with any provider or supplier that are types of individuals or entities that can enroll in Medicare in accordance with section 1861 of the Act, that is not enrolled in Medicare in an approved status.” We propose to revise paragraph (b)(1)(ii) by changing the current language beginning with “including” to read “including making payment to an individual or entity that is included on the preclusion list, defined in § 422.2 of this chapter.” We note that this change would not prohibit a PACE organization from employing or contracting with an individual or entity on the preclusion list. As previously discussed, the focus of our preclusion list proposals is on the denial of payment.
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A medical secretary would take 0.42 hours to prepare the application. As specified in section 1852(a)(1)(B)(iv) of the Act, the cost sharing charged by MA plans for chemotherapy administration services, renal dialysis services, and skilled nursing care may not exceed the cost sharing for those services under Parts A and B. Although CMS has not established a specific service category cost sharing limit for all possible services, CMS has issued guidance that MA plans must pay at least 50 percent of the contracted (or Medicare allowable) rate and that cost sharing for services cannot exceed 50 percent of the total MA plan financial liability for the benefit in order for the cost sharing for such services to be considered non-discriminatory; CMS believes that cost sharing (service category deductibles, copayments or co-insurance) that fails to cover at least half the cost of a particular service or item acts to discriminate against those for whom those services and items are medically necessary and discourages enrollment by beneficiaries who need those services and items. If a plan uses a copayment method of cost sharing, then the copayment for an in-network Medicare FFS service category cannot exceed 50 percent of the average contracted rate of that service under this guidance (Medicare Managed Care Manual, Chapter 4, Section 50.1). Some service categories may identify specific benefits for which a unique copayment would apply, while others include a variety of services with different levels of cost which may reasonably have a range of copayments based on groups of similar services, such as durable medical equipment or outpatient diagnostic and radiological services.
Find a Doctor, Dentist or Facility If you didn’t enroll in Part B at 65 because you had coverage through your employer (even if you signed up for Part A), you’ll need to sign up within eight months of leaving your job to avoid the penalty. You won’t be able to enroll online, because you’ll need to provide evidence of “creditable coverage” from your employer from the time you turned 65.
Physician incentive plans: requirements and limitations. (g) Passive enrollment by CMS—(1) Circumstances in which CMS may implement passive enrollment. CMS may implement passive enrollment procedures in any of the following situations:
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Saint Paul, MN 55101 Small Employer Information FAQs for Members Given the proposed change to include expenditures for fraud reduction activities in the QIA portion of the MLR numerator, we no longer believe that it Start Printed Page 56458would be necessary or appropriate to include in incurred claims the amount of claim payments recovered through fraud reduction efforts, up to the amount of fraud reduction expenses. As noted previously, we originally included an adjustment to incurred claims for claims payments recovered through fraud reduction efforts based on the rationale that, because the recovery of paid fraudulent claims reduces the amount of incurred claims in the MLR numerator, if expenditures for fraud reduction efforts were treated solely as nonclaims and nonquality improvement activities, this could create a disincentive to engage in fraud reduction activities. The adjustments to incurred claims under current §§ 422.2420(b)(2)(ix) and 423.2420(b)(2)(viii) mitigate the potential disincentive to invest in fraud reduction activities insofar as MA organizations’ and Part D sponsors’ recoveries of paid fraudulent claims do not result in a reduction to incurred claims. Because this adjustment to incurred claims is only available to the extent that an MA organization or Part D sponsor recovers paid fraudulent claims, it encourages MA organizations and Part D sponsors to invest in tracking down and recouping amounts that have already been paid, rather than in preventing payment of fraudulent claims. Under our proposal, claim payments recovered through fraud reduction efforts, up to the amount of fraud reduction expenses, would no longer be included in the MLR numerator as an adjustment to incurred claims. Instead, all expenditures for fraud reduction activities would be included in the MLR numerator as QIA, even if such expenditures exceed the amount recovered through fraud reduction efforts. As a result, MA organizations and Part D sponsors will no longer have an incentive to use contract revenue to pursue recovery of paid fraudulent claims instead of investing in fraud prevention. We believe that effective fraud reduction strategies will include efforts to prevent payment of fraudulent claims, and we believe that the proposed inclusion of all fraud reduction activities as QIA in the MLR numerator will strengthen the incentive to engage in these vital activities.
Collection Agencies Star Ratings and data reporting are at the contract level for most measures. Currently, data for measures are collected at the contract level including data from all PBPs under the contract, except for the following Special Needs Plan (SNP)-specific measures which are collected at the PBP level: Care for Older Adults—Medication Review, Care for Older Adults—Functional Status Assessment, and Care for Older Adults—Pain Assessment. The SNP-specific measures are rolled up to the contract level by using an enrollment-weighted mean of the SNP PBP scores. Subject to the discussion later in this section about the feasibility and burden of collecting data at the PBP (plan) level and the reliability of ratings at the plan level, we propose to continue the practice of calculating the Star Ratings at the contract level and all PBPs under the contract would have the same overall and/or summary ratings.
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    In line with §§ 422.152 and 423.153, CMS uses the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), Health Outcomes Survey (HOS), CAHPS data, Part C and D Reporting requirements and administrative data, and data from CMS contractors and oversight activities to measure quality and performance of contracts. We have been displaying plan quality information based on that and other data since 1998.
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    CMS regulations provide Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations, including provider sponsored organizations, with the opportunity to request a waiver of CMS’s minimum enrollment requirements at § 422.514(a) during the first 3 years of the contract. Regulations also require that MA organizations reapply for the minimum enrollment waiver in the second and third years of their contract. However, since CMS has not received or approved any waivers outside of the application process, CMS proposes to remove the requirement for MA organizations to reapply for the minimum enrollment waiver during years 2 and 3 of the contract under § 422.514(b)(2) and (3). CMS also proposes to modify § 422.514(b)(2) to clarify that CMS will only accept a waiver through the application process and allow the minimum enrollment waiver, if approved by CMS, to remain effective for the first 3 years of the contract. The requirement and burden associated with the submission of the minimum enrollment waiver in the application is currently approved by OMB under control number 0938-0935 (CMS-10237) which does not need to be revised.
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    Section 1860D-4(b)(1)(A) of the Act requires Part D plan sponsors to permit the participation of “any pharmacy” that meets the standard terms and conditions. Accordingly, it is not appropriate for Part D plan sponsors to offer standard terms and conditions for network participation that are specific to only one particular type of pharmacy, and then decline to permit a willing pharmacy to participate on the grounds that it does not squarely fit into that pharmacy type. Therefore, we are clarifying in this preamble that although Part D sponsors may continue to tailor their standard terms and conditions to various types of pharmacies, Part D plan sponsors may not exclude pharmacies with unique or innovative business or care delivery models from participating in their contracted pharmacy network on the basis of not fitting in the correct pharmacy type classification. In particular, we consider “similarly situated” pharmacies to include any pharmacy that has the capability of complying with standard terms and conditions for a pharmacy type, even if the pharmacy does not operate exclusively as that type of pharmacy.
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    (B) The maximum deductibles for each category of services (institutional and professional claims) are identified by using the net benefit premium (NBP) for the patient panel size from the table described in paragraph (f)(2)(iii) of this section. If the NBP is identified using interpolation from the values in the table described in paragraph (f)(2)(iii) of this section, interpolation is also used from the NBP values in the table described in paragraph (f)(2)(v)(A) of this section that are closest to the NBP identified by using the table described in paragraph (f)(2)(iii) of this section. TAs with combined stop-loss insurance, panel size may include non-risk patients. As with combined stop-loss insurance, the deductible for separate insurance that must be provided for the physician or physician group is the lesser of DGCP+100,000 and DGCPNPE.
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