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Other than conveying the concurrent benzodiazepine use information to sponsors, we have not expanded the current policy to address non-opioid medications. However, we have stated that if a sponsor chooses to implement the current policy for non-opioid medications, we would expect the sponsor to employ the same level of diligence and documentation with respect to non-opioid medications that we expect for opioid medications. We have taken this approach to the current policy so that we could focus on the opioid epidemic and also due to the difficulty in establishing overuse guidelines for non-opioid controlled substances. For this reason our proposal would not identify benzodiazepines as frequently abused drugs. However, we solicit additional comment on our proposed approach to frequently abused drugs. Also, we propose that, if finalized, this rule would supersede our current policy, and sponsors would no longer be allowed to implement the current policy for non-opioid medications. We seek feedback on allowing sponsors to continue to implement the current policy for non-opioid medications with respect to beneficiary-specific claim edits.
Property Insurance Document Search Yates Some stakeholders commented that sponsors should be allowed to expedite the second notice in cases of egregious and potentially dangerous overutilization or in cases involving an active criminal investigation when allowed by a court. However, given the importance of a beneficiary having advance notice of a pending limit on his or her access to coverage for frequently abused drugs and sufficient time to respond and/or prepare, we believe exceptions to the timing of the notices should be very narrow. Therefore, we have only included a proposal for an exception to shorten the 30 day timeframe between the initial and second notice that is based on a beneficiary's status as an at-risk beneficiary in an immediately preceding plan. We note that is a status the drug management provisions of CARA explicitly requires to be shared with the next plan sponsor, if a beneficiary changes plans, which means there would be a concrete data point for this proposed exception to the timing of the notices. We discuss such sharing of information later in the preamble.
We note that the alternatives for clinical guidelines that we considered, which are described in the Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) section of this rule, also include estimated population of potential at-risk beneficiaries for each alternative. Most of the options include a 90 MME threshold with varying prescriber and pharmacy counts and range from identifying 33,053 to 319,133 beneficiaries. Again, stakeholders are invited to comment on these alternatives. We are particularly interested in receiving comments on whether CMS should adjust the clinical guidelines so that more or fewer potential at-risk beneficiaries are identified, and if more are identified, whether the additional number would result in a manageable program size for plan sponsors (or too few beneficiaries to be meaningful).
Vermont's Health How do Medicare Part D plans work? If you have medical insurance coverage under a group health plan based on your or your spouse's current employment, you may not need to apply for Medicare Part B at age 65. You may qualify for a "Special Enrollment Period" (SEP) that will let you sign up for Part B during:
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Product The quality of information available to consumers is even less conducive to producing efficient choices when rebates and other price concessions are treated differently by different Part D sponsors; that is, when they are applied to the point-of-sale price to differing degrees and/or estimated and factored into plan bids with varying degrees of accuracy. First, when some sponsors include price concessions in negotiated prices while others treat them as DIR, negotiated prices no longer have a consistent meaning across the Part D program, undermining meaningful price comparisons and efficient choices by consumers. Second, if a sponsor's bid is based on an estimate of net plan liability that is understated because the sponsor has been applying price concessions as DIR at the end of the coverage year rather than using them to reduce the negotiated price at the point of sale, it follows that the sponsor may be able to submit a lower bid than a competitor that applies price concessions at the point of sale or opts for lower net cost alternatives to high cost-highly rebated drugs when available. This lower bid results in a lower plan premium that must be paid by enrollees in the plan, which could allow the sponsor to capture additional market share. The resulting competitive advantage accruing to one sponsor over another in this scenario stems only from a technical difference in how plan costs are reported to CMS. Therefore, the opportunity for differential treatment of rebates and price concessions could result in bids that are not comparable and in premiums that are not valid indicators of relative plan efficiency.
Most Medicare enrollees don't pay a premium for Part A, which covers hospital visits. However, they do pay for Part B, which covers preventative care and diagnostic services. Currently, the standard Part B premium is $134 (though it could be higher). If you don't sign up for Medicare during your initial enrollment window, you'll face a 10% increase in your Part B premiums for every year-long period you're eligible for coverage but don't enroll. Therefore, it generally pays to sign up for Medicare at 65 -- unless you happen to qualify for one major exception.
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Dec. 3, 2015 In section II.B.12. of this rule, we are proposing the removal of the Quality Improvement Project (QIP) requirements (and CMS-direction of QIPs) from the Quality Improvement (QI) Program Start Printed Page 56470requirements, which would result in an annual savings of $12,663.75 to MA organizations. The driver of the anticipated savings is the removal of requirements to attest having a QIP annually.
(2) Low-performing icon. (i) A contract receives a low performing icon as a result of its performance on the Part C or Part D summary ratings. The low performing icon is calculated by evaluating the Part C and Part D summary ratings for the current year and the past 2 years. If the contract had any combination of Part C or Part D summary ratings of 2.5 or lower in all 3 years of data, it is marked with a low performing icon. A contract must have a rating in either Part C or Part D for all 3 years to be considered for this icon.
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We added a new § 422.222 to require providers and suppliers that furnish health care items or services to Start Printed Page 56448a Medicare enrollee who receives his or her Medicare benefit through an MA organization to be enrolled in Medicare and be in an approved status no later than January 1, 2019. (The term “MA organization” refers to both MA plans and MA plans that provide drug coverage, otherwise known as MA-PD plans.) We also updated §§ 417.478, 460.70, and 460.71 to reflect this requirement.
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14 (A) At least 6 months has passed from the date the beneficiary was first identified as a potential at-risk beneficiary from the date of the applicable CMS identification report; and
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