We have determined that providing access to services (or specific cost sharing for services or items) that is tied to health status or disease state in a manner that ensures that similarly situated individuals are treated uniformly is consistent with the uniformity requirement in the Medicare Advantage (MA) regulations at § 422.100(d). This regulatory requirement is a means to implement both section 1852(d) of the Act, which requires that benefits under the MA plan be available and accessible to each enrollee in the plan, and section 1854(c) of the Act, which requires uniform premiums for each enrollee in the plan. Previously, we required MA plans to offer all enrollees access to the same benefits at the same level of cost sharing. We have determined that these statutory provisions and the regulation at § 422.100(d) mean that we have the authority to permit MA organizations the ability to reduce cost sharing for certain covered benefits, offer specific tailored supplemental benefits, and offer lower deductibles for enrollees that meet specific medical criteria, provided that similarly situated enrollees (that is, all enrollees who meet the identified criteria) are treated the same. For example, reduced cost sharing flexibility would allow an MA plan to offer diabetic enrollees zero cost sharing for endocrinologist visits. Similarly, with this flexibility, a MA plan may offer diabetic enrollees more frequent foot exams as a tailored, supplemental benefit. In addition, with this flexibility, a MA plan may offer diabetic enrollees a lower deductible. Under this example, non-diabetic enrollees would not have access to these diabetic-specific tailored cost-sharing or supplemental benefits; however, any enrollee that develops diabetes would then have access to these benefits.
View all Motley Fool Services We assume, based on past experience with OMS, that about 61 percent of at-risk beneficiaries may reduce prescriptions for frequently abused drugs and will no longer meet the clinical criteria. This means that prescriber and pharmacy lock-in would impact the remaining 39 percent of at-risk beneficiaries or 39 percent × 33,000 at-risk beneficiaries = 12,870 at-risk beneficiaries. We estimate that the average number of scripts per year on frequently abused drugs for those at-risk beneficiaries is about 48 and the average cost per script is about $106 in 2016. Our data show that those beneficiaries who would meet the proposed criteria for identification as an at-risk beneficiary and have a limitation placed on their access to opioids, have 4 opioids scripts per month on average. OACT anticipates between 10 and 30 percent reduction in prescriptions for frequently abused drugs would be possible through drug management programs and picked the average, 20 percent. Therefore, we believe there could be a 20 percent reduction in the prescriptions for frequently abused drugs for those 12,870 beneficiaries, resulting in a projected savings of about $13 million to Medicare in 2019.
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* * * * * In § 422.752, we propose to revise paragraph (a)(13) to read: “Fails to comply with §§ 422.222 and 422.224, that requires the MA organization not to make payment to excluded individuals and entities, nor to individuals and entities included on the preclusion list, defined in § 422.2.”
(C) Any other evidence that CMS deems relevant to its determination. In § 422.102(d), we propose to use “supplemental benefits packaging” instead of “marketing of supplemental benefits.” 3.972% 3.992% 5/1 ARM
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There's more in store. Using Your Plan We do not believe that other substantive requirements set forth in the PIP regulation, such as the determination of substantial financial risk based on a risk threshold of 25 percent of potential payments (see § 422.208(d)(2)), need to be updated regularly or have been rendered obsolete in the years since the regulation was initially adopted. Although we are not proposing a change to the determination of “substantial financial risk,” we appreciate that the regulatory standard (25% of potential payments) in § 422.208(d)(2) was adopted many years ago. Therefore, we seek comment on whether the definitions of “substantial financial risk” and “risk threshold” contained in the current regulation should be revisited, including whether the current identification of 25 percent of potential payments codified in paragraph (d)(2) remains appropriate as the standard in light of changes in medical cost.
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