Washington Screening, Brief Interventions, and Referrals to Treatment (WASBIRT-PCI) Project
Key Staff Moreover, we have built beneficiary protections into the proposed provisions. First, proposed § 423.120(b)(5)(iv)(A) addresses safety concerns by permitting Part D sponsors to add only therapeutically equivalent generic drugs. This means the FDA must have approved the generic drug in an abbreviated new drug application pursuant to section 505(j) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 355(j)), and it must be listed with the innovator drug in the publication “Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations” (commonly known as the Orange Book) in which the FDA identifies drug products approved on the basis of safety and effectiveness by the FDA, and be considered by the FDA to be therapeutically equivalent to the brand name drug.
Clinton As legislators continue to seek new ways to control the cost of Medicare, a number of new proposals to reform Medicare have been introduced in recent years.
Speakers Bureau In the Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2016 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2016 Call Letter, we explained how entities that sponsor Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) and affiliated D-SNPs can promote coverage of an integrated Medicare and Medicaid benefit through existing authority for seamless continuation of coverage of Medicaid MCO members as they become eligible for Medicare. We received positive comments from state Medicaid agencies that supported this enrollment mechanism and requested that we clarify the process for approval of seamless continuation of coverage as a mechanism to promote enrollment in integrated D-SNPs that deliver both Medicare and Medicaid benefits. We also received comments from beneficiary advocates asking that additional consumer protections, including requiring written beneficiary confirmation and a special enrollment period for those individuals who transition from non-Medicare products to Medicare Advantage. We believe that our proposal, described later in this section, adequately addresses the concerns on which these requests are based, given that the default enrollment process would be permissible only for individuals enrolled in a Medicaid managed care plan in states that support this process. This means that the Medicare plan into which individuals would be defaulted would be one that is offered by the same parent organization as their existing Medicaid plan, such that much of the information needed by the MA plan would already be in the possession of the MA organization to facilitate the default enrollment process. Also, default enrollment would not be permitted if the state does not actively support this process, ensuring an accurate source of data for use by MA organizations to appropriately identify and notify individuals eligible for default enrollment.
Broadest Physician Network Exclusive provider organization (EPO) (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; Part C summary for MA-PDs and MA-only; 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; Part C Start Printed Page 56501summary for MA-PDs and MA-only; 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. The measure weights are specified in § 422.166(e). 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 are 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.
Only three insurers sell Medicare Cost plans in the state — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, HealthPartners and Medica. For several years, Minneapolis-based UCare and Kentucky-based Humana have been the primary sellers of MA plans in Minnesota.
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