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(2) Determining eligible contracts. CMS will calculate an improvement score only for contracts that have numeric measure scores for both years in at least half of the measures identified for use applying the standards in paragraphs (f)(1)(i) through (iv) of this section.
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We are proposing a change in how contract-level Star Ratings are assigned in the case of contract consolidations. We have historically permitted MAOs and Part D sponsors to consolidate contracts when a contract novation occurs or to better align business practices. As noted in MedPAC's March 2016 Report to Congress (https://aspe.hhs.gov/pdf-report/report-congress-social-risk-factors-and-performance-under-medicares-value-based-purchasing-programs), there has been a continued increase in the number of enrollees being moved from lower Star Rating contracts that do not receive a QBP to higher Star Rating contracts that do receive a QBP as part of contract consolidations, which increases the size of the QBPs that are made to MAOs due to the large enrollment increase in the higher rated, surviving contract. We are worried that this practice results in masking low quality plans under higher rated surviving contracts. This does not provide beneficiaries with accurate and reliable information for enrollment decisions, and it does not truly reward higher quality contracts. We propose here to modify from the current policy the calculation of Star Ratings for surviving contracts that have consolidated. Instead of assigning the surviving contract the Star Rating that the contract would have earned without regard to whether a consolidation took place, we propose to assign and display on Medicare Plan Finder Star Ratings based on the enrollment-weighted mean of the measure scores of the surviving and consumed contract(s) so that the ratings reflect the performance of all contracts (surviving and consumed) involved in the consolidation. Under this proposal, the calculation of the measure, domain, summary, and overall ratings would be based on these enrollment-weighted mean scores. The number of contracts this would impact is small relative to all contracts that qualify for QBPs. During the period from 1/1/2015 through 1/1/2017 annual consolidations for MA contracts ranged from a low of 7 in 2015 to a high of 19 in 2016 out of approximately 500 MA contracts. As proposed in §§ 422.162(b)(3)(i)-(iii) and 423.182(b)(3)(i)-(iii), CMS will use enrollment-weighted means of the measure scores of the consumed and surviving contracts to calculate ratings for the first and second plan years following the contract consolidations. We believe that use of enrollment-weighted means will provide a more accurate snapshot of the performance of the underlying plans in the new consolidated contract, such that both information to beneficiaries and QBPs are not somehow inaccurate or misleading. We also propose, however, that the process of weighting the enrollment of each contract and applying this general rule would vary depending on the specific types of measures involved in order to take into account the measurement period and Start Printed Page 56381data collection processes of certain measures. Our proposal would also treat ratings for determining quality bonus payment (QBP) status for MA contracts differently than displayed Star Ratings for the first year following the consolidation for consolidations that involve the same parent organization and plans of the same plan type.
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Google Stories Because we propose to integrate the CARA Part D drug management program provisions with the current policy and codify them both, we describe the current policy in section II.A.1.c.(1) of this proposed rule, noting where our proposal incorporates changes to the current policy in order to comply with CARA and achieve operational consistency. Where we do not note a change, our intent is to codify the current policy, and we seek specific comment as to whether we have overlooked any feature of the current policy that should be codified. CMS communications regarding the current policy can be found at the CMS Web site, “Improving Drug Utilization Review Controls in Part D” at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Prescription-Drug-Coverage/PrescriptionDrugCovContra/RxUtilization.html.
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Under 65 with certain disabilities We propose to codify this policy by adding a paragraph (ii) to § 423.153(f)(8), as noted earlier, to read as follows: Immediately upon the beneficiary's enrollment in the gaining plan, the gaining plan sponsor may provide a second notice described in paragraph (f)(6) to a beneficiary for whom the gaining sponsor received notice that the beneficiary was identified as an at-risk beneficiary by his or her most recent prior plan and such identification had not been terminated in accordance with § 423.153(f)(14), if the sponsor is implementing either of the following: (A) A beneficiary-specific point-of-sale claim edit as described in paragraph (f)(3)(i); or (B) A limitation on access to coverage as described in paragraph(f)(3)(ii), if such limitation would require the beneficiary to obtain frequently abused drugs from the same location of pharmacy and/or the same prescriber, as applicable, that was selected under the immediately prior plan under (f)(9).
Final decisions haven’t been made on exactly which counties in Minnesota will lose Cost plans next year, the government said. But based on current figures, insurance companies expect that Cost plans are going away in 66 counties across the state including those in the Twin Cities metro. They are expected to continue in 21 counties, carriers said, plus North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
We note that the proposed definition of at-risk beneficiary would include beneficiaries for whom a gaining Part D plan sponsor received a notice upon the beneficiary's enrollment that the beneficiary was identified as an at-risk beneficiary under the prescription drug plan in which the beneficiary was most recently enrolled and such identification had not been terminated upon enrollment. This proposed definition is based on the language in section 1860-D-4(c)(5)(C)(i)(II) of the Act.