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* eHealth’s Medicare Choice and Impact report examines user sessions from more than 30,000 eHealth Medicare visitors who used the company’s Medicare prescription drug coverage comparison tool in the fourth quarter of 2016, including Medicare’s 2017 Annual Election Period (October 15 – December 7, 2016).
In § 422.206(b)(2)(i), we propose to replace “§ 422.80 (concerning approval of marketing materials and election forms)” with “all applicable requirements under subpart V”.
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Ends 3 months after the month you turn 65 Print this document We estimate that it would take an average of 5 minutes (0.083 hour) at $39.22/hour for an insurance claim and policy processing clerk to prepare and distribute the notices. We estimate that an average of approximately 800 prescribers would be on the preclusion list in early 2019 with roughly 80,000 Part D beneficiaries affected; that is, 80,000 beneficiaries would have been receiving prescriptions written by these prescribers and would therefore receive the notice referenced in § 423.120(c)(6). In 2019 we estimate a total burden of 6,640 hours (0.083 hour × 80,000 responses) at a cost of $260,421 (6,640 hour × $39.22/hour) or $1,228.40 per organization ($260,421/212 organizations).
Reliability means a measure of the fraction of the variation among the observed measure values that is due to real differences in quality (“signal”) rather than random variation (“noise”); it is reflected on a scale from 0 (all differences in plan performance measure scores are due to measurement error) to 1 (the difference in plan performance scores is attributable to real differences in performance).
PPACA also slightly reduced annual increases in payments to physicians and to hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of low-income patients. Along with other minor adjustments, these changes reduced Medicare's projected cost over the next decade by $455 billion.
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We propose to continue the use of a reward factor to reward contracts with consistently high and stable performance over time. Further, we propose to continue to employ the methodology described in this subsection to categorize and determine the reward factor for contracts. As proposed in paragraphs (c)(1) and (d)(1), these reward factor adjustments would be applied at the summary and overall rating level.Start Printed Page 56404
Content created by Digital Communications Division (DCD) We are committed to transforming the health care delivery system—and the Medicare program—by putting a strong focus on person-centered care, in accordance with the CMS Quality Strategy, so each provider can direct their time and resources to each beneficiary and improve their outcomes. As part of this commitment, one of our most important strategic goals is to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries. The Part C and D Star Ratings support the efforts of CMS to improve the level of accountability for the care provided by health and drug plans, physicians, hospitals, and other Medicare providers. We currently publicly report the quality and performance of health and drug plans on the Medicare Plan Finder tool on www.medicare.gov in the form of summary and overall ratings for the contracts under which each MA plan (including MA-PD plans) and Part D plan is offered, with drill downs to Start Printed Page 56376ratings for domains, ratings for individual measures, and underlying performance data. We also post additional measures on the display page  at www.cms.gov for informational purposes. The goals of the Star Ratings are to display quality information on Medicare Plan Finder for public accountability and to help beneficiaries, families, and caregivers make informed choices by being able to consider a plan's quality, cost, and coverage; to incentivize quality improvement; to provide information to oversee and monitor quality; and to accurately measure and calculate scores and stars to reflect true performance. In addition, CMS has started to incorporate efforts to recognize the challenges of serving high risk, high needs populations while continuing the focus on improving health care for these important groups.
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(2) Plan preview of the Star Ratings. CMS will have plan preview periods before each Star Ratings release during which MA organizations can preview their Star Ratings data in HPMS prior to display on the Medicare Plan Finder.
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Views We appreciate the importance of ensuring adequate plan choice for beneficiaries and the value of multiple plan offerings with a diversity of benefits, now and in the future. We agree with the argument that two enhanced plans offered by a plan sponsor could vary with respect to their plan characteristics and benefit design, such that they might appeal to different subsets of Medicare enrollees, but in the end have similar out-of-pocket beneficiary costs. We continue to believe however that a meaningful difference, that takes into account out-of-pocket costs, be maintained between basic and enhanced plans to ensure that there is a meaningful value for beneficiaries given the supplemental Part D premium associated with the enhanced plans. Therefore, effective for Start Printed Page 56419Contract Year (CY) 2019, we propose to revise the Part D regulations at § 423.265 (b)(2) to eliminate the PDP EA to EA meaningful difference requirement, while maintaining the requirement that enhanced plans be meaningfully different from the basic plan offered by a plan sponsor in a service area. We believe these proposed revisions will help us accomplish the balance we wish to strike with respect to encouraging competition and plan flexibilities while still providing PDP choices to beneficiaries that represent meaningful choices in benefit packages. Anticipated impacts to this change include: (1) A modest increase in the number of plans that would be offered by PDP sponsors (if the EA to EA meaningful difference requirement was the sole barrier to a PDP sponsors offering a second EA plan in a region) and (2) a potential decrease in the average supplemental Part D premium.
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New? Start Here Your MyBlue Dashboard Anthem Cyber Attack We solicit comment on our proposed definition of mail-order pharmacy and our proposed modification to the definition of retail pharmacy. Specifically, we solicit comment regarding whether stakeholders believe these definitions strike the right balance to resolve confusion in the marketplace, afford Part D plan sponsor flexibility, and incorporate recent innovations in pharmacy business and care delivery models.
Registration and Certification To capture the relative premium and other advantages that price concessions applied as DIR offer sponsors over lower point-of-sale prices, sponsors sometimes opt for higher negotiated prices in exchange for higher DIR and, in some cases, even prefer a higher net cost drug over a cheaper alternative. This may put upward pressure on Part D program costs and, as explained below, shift costs from the Part D sponsor to beneficiaries who utilize drugs in the form of higher cost-sharing and to the government through higher reinsurance and low-income cost-sharing subsidies.
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Member Forms 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.