Industry Regulations "Physicians in geographic Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and Physician Scarcity Areas (PSAs) can receive incentive payments from Medicare. Payments are made on a quarterly basis, rather than claim-by-claim, and are handled by each area's Medicare carrier."
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I'm a provider We originally established the 14-month review period because it covered the time period from the start of the preceding contract year through the date on which CMS receives contract applications for the upcoming contract year. We believed at the time that the combination of the most recent complete contract year and the 2 months preceding the application submission provided us with the most complete picture of the most relevant information about an applicant's past contract performance. Our application of this authority since its publication has prompted comments from contracting organizations that the 14-month period is too long and is unfair as it is applied. In particular, organizations have noted that non-compliance that occurs during January and February of a given year is counted against an organization in 2 consecutive past performance review cycles while non-compliance occurring in all other months is counted in only one review cycle. The result is that some non-compliance is “double counted” based solely on the timing of the non-compliance and can, depending on the severity of the non-compliance, prevent an organization from receiving CMS approval of their application for 2 consecutive years.
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HEALTH CARE REFORM Insurers are pursuing provider reimbursement structure changes that move from paying providers based on volume to paying based on value, and often shifting a portion of the risk to the providers. For example, accountable care organization structures offer incentives to health care providers to deliver cost-effective and high quality care, and may penalize providers for failing to meet certain targets. Such efforts could put downward pressure on premiums, at least in the short term. To the extent providers are unwilling to take additional risk and choose not to participate, these changes also could contribute to narrower networks and fewer choices for consumers.
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For each of the three drugs in this example, beneficiary out-of-pocket costs would be lower under the approach we are considering than under the status quo. Assuming, for instance, these drugs are subject to a 25 percent coinsurance, the enrollee's costs for the three drugs under this approach would be $45.84 (25 percent of $183.36) for drug A, $22.92 (25 percent of $91.68) for drug B, and $17.19 (25 percent of $68.76) for drug C. Under the status quo, the enrollee's costs would be $50 for drug A ($4.16 higher), $25 for drug B ($2.08 higher), and $18.75 for drug C ($1.56 higher).
CMS's goal is to establish future MOOP limits based on the most relevant and available data, or combination of data, that reflects beneficiary health care costs in the MA program and maintains benefit stability over time. Medicare FFS data currently represents the most relevant and available data at this time. CMS may consider future rulemaking regarding the use of MA encounter cost data to understand program health care costs and compare to Medicare FFS data in establishing cost sharing limits. Under this current proposal to revise the regulations controlling MOOP limits, CMS might change its existing methodology of using the 85th and 95th percentiles of projected beneficiary out-of-pocket Medicare FFS spending in the future. CMS expects to establish future limits by striking the appropriate balance between limiting MOOP costs and potential changes in premium, benefits, and cost sharing with the goal of making sure beneficiaries can access affordable and sustainable benefit packages. While CMS intends to continue using the 85th and 95th percentiles of projected beneficiary out-of-pocket spending for the immediate future to set MA MOOP limits, CMS proposes to amend the regulation text in §§ 422.100(f)(4) and (5) and 422.101(d)(2) and (d)(3) to incorporate authority to balance factors discussed previously. The flexibility provided by these proposed changes will permit CMS to annually adjust mandatory and voluntary MOOP limits based on changes in market conditions and to ensure the sustainability of the MA program and benefit options.
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If Medicare Advantage plans substantially expand coverage of non-medical care, the gap between the plans and original Medicare would widen. AND HEALTHY
Groups of measures that together represent a unique and important aspect of quality and performance are organized to form a domain. Domain ratings summarize a plan's performance on a specific dimension of care. Currently the domains are used purely for purposes of displaying data on Medicare Plan Finder to organize the measures and help consumers interpret the data. We propose to continue this policy at §§ 422.166(b)(1)(i) and 423.186(b)(1)(i).
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TOOLS & RESOURCES In Search of Lower Costs If you have questions about Medicare coverage options, please feel free to ask me. Other changes in benefit packages could be made based on market competition or other considerations, putting upward or downward pressure on premiums, depending on the particular change. Changes would be expected to be minimal as long as the current essential health benefits (EHB) requirement is in place. Other plan design features, such as drug formularies and care management protocols, also could affect premium changes.
However, two aspects of this definition are similar to Part D statutory language in section 1860D-4(b)(1)(C) and (D) of the Act. The first is the concept that a retail pharmacy is open to dispense prescription medications to the walk-in general public, which echoes the requirement at section 1860D-4(b)(1)(C) of the Act that Part D plan sponsors secure the participation in their networks a sufficient number of pharmacies that dispense (other than mail order) drugs directly to patients. The second is the concept that prescriptions are dispensed at retail prices, or for the Part D program, retail cost-sharing, which echoes the requirement at section 1860D-4(b)(1)(D) of the Act that Part D plan sponsors permit enrollees to receive benefits (which may include a 90-day supply of drugs or biologicals) through a pharmacy (other than a mail-order pharmacy), with any differential in charge paid by such enrollees. Because these concepts are consistent with the Part D statute, we believe their inclusion in our definition of retail pharmacy at § 423.100 would be appropriate.
++ Paragraph (a) states that a PACE organization may not pay, directly or indirectly, on any basis, for items or services (other than emergency or urgently needed services as defined in § 460.100) furnished to a Medicare enrollee by any individual or entity that is excluded by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) or is revoked from the Medicare program.
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For You Appeals Archive (2) Clustering algorithm for all measures except CAHPS measures. (i) The method minimizes differences within star categories and maximize differences across star categories using the hierarchical clustering method.
We are not proposing to place a limit on how many times beneficiaries can submit their preferences, but we are open to additional comments on this topic. We agree with commenters who stated that there should be a strong evidence of inappropriate action before a sponsor can change a beneficiary's selection, but we note that because such a situation would often involve a network pharmacy or prescriber, we would expect that the sponsor would also take appropriate action with respect to the pharmacy or prescriber, such as termination from the network.
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Buying Fixed Deferred Annuities If you are eligible for Medicare, you may choose to enroll in and get your Medicare benefits from a Medicare Advantage plan. These are private health care choices (like HMO's) in some areas of the country. To learn more about Medicare Advantage plans, contact Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or at www.medicare.gov.
Axios Tax Cuts Could Make It Harder to Change Medicare, Medicaid Criticism So what happens once your group health coverage runs out, either because your company stops offering it or you stop working there? At that point, you'll get a special enrollment window to sign up for Medicare that will last for eight months. As long as you enroll during that time, you'll get the coverage you need without having to worry about penalties.
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1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) Subscribers Wisconsin - WI Medicare Part B – Medical Insurance For the Part D program, CMS defines a “generic drug” at § 423.4 as a drug for which an application under section 505(j) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 355(j)) is approved. Biosimilar and interchangeable biological products do not meet the section 1927(k)(7) definition of a multiple source drug or the CMS definition of a generic drug at § 423.4. Consequently, follow-on biological products are subject to the higher Part D maximum copayments for LIS eligible individuals and non-LIS Part D enrollees in the catastrophic portion of the benefit applicable to all other Part D drugs. While the statutory maximum LIS copayment amounts apply to all phases of the Part D benefit, the statute only specifies non-LIS maximum copayments for the catastrophic phase. CMS clarified the applicable LIS and non-LIS catastrophic cost sharing in a March 30, 2015 Health Plan Management System (HPMS) memorandum. We advised that additional guidance may be issued for interchangeable biological products at a later date.
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Codify the existing parameters for this type of seamless conversion default enrollment, as described previously, but allow that use of default enrollment be limited to only the aged population.
The overall Star Rating is a global rating that summarizes the plan's quality and performance for the types of services offered by the plans under the rated contract. We propose at §§ 422.166(d) and 423.186(d) to codify the standards for calculating and assigning overall Star Ratings for MA-PD contracts. The overall rating for an MA-PD contract is proposed to be calculated using a weighted mean of the Part C and Part D measure level Star Ratings, respectively, with an adjustment to reward consistently high performance described in paragraph (f)(1) and the application of the CAI, pursuant to described in paragraph (f)(2).
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Point of Sale The current policy has two aspects. First, in the CY 2013 final Call Letter and subsequent supplemental guidance, we provided guidance about our expectations for Part D plan sponsors to retrospectively identify beneficiaries who are at high risk for potential opioid overutilization and provide appropriate case management aimed at coordinated care. More specifically, we currently expect Part D plan sponsors' Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committees to establish criteria consistent with CMS guidance to retrospectively identify potential opioid overutilizers at high risk for an adverse event enrolled in their plans who may warrant case management because they are receiving opioid prescriptions from multiple prescribers and pharmacies. Enrollees Start Printed Page 56342with cancer or in hospice are excluded from the current policy, because the benefit of their high opioid use may outweigh the risk associated with such use. This exclusion was supported by stakeholder feedback on the current policy.
Nate Clark Communications means activities and use of materials to provide information to current and prospective enrollees. (1) Basic rule. An MA plan offered by an MA organization must accept any individual (regardless of whether the individual has end-stage renal disease) who requests enrollment during his or her Initial Coverage Election Period and is enrolled in a health plan offered by the MA organization during the month immediately preceding the MA plan enrollment effective date, and who meets the eligibility requirements at § 422.50.
Because this provision clarifies existing any willing pharmacy requirements, consistent with OACT estimates, we do not anticipate additional government or beneficiary cost impacts from this provision.Start Printed Page 56487
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