*You must continue to pay applicable Kaiser Permanente Medicare health plan, and Medicare Part B premiums and any other applicable Medicare premium(s), if not otherwise paid by Medicaid or another third party. Advantage Plus optional dental, hearing, and extra vision benefits are not currently available in Virginia or Calvert, Carroll, Charles, and Frederick counties in Maryland. Not available for members who receive their Medicare health plan benefits through their employer, union, or trust fund. CCIP Chronic Care Improvement Program May 2018 When the time comes to change plans, the Senior LinkAge Line® can help you choose a plan that works best for you. You can call them at 1-800-333-2433 or live chat with them at www.minnesotahelp.info or at www.seniorlinkageline.com. Am I Eligible? GoldenCare Joins Integrity Marketing Group Colorectal Cancer The clustering method would be applied to all Star Ratings measures, except for the CAHPS measures. For each individual measure, we would determine the measure cut points using all measure scores for all contracts required to report that do not have missing, flagged as biased, or erroneous data. For the Part D measures, we propose to determine MA-PD and PDP cut points separately. The scores would Start Printed Page 56398be grouped such that scores within the same rating (that is 1 star, 2 stars, etc.) are as similar as possible, and scores in different ratings are as different as possible. The hierarchical clustering algorithm and the associated tree and cluster assignments using SAS (a statistical software package) are currently used to determine the cut points for the assignment of the measure-level Star Ratings. We intend to continue use of this software under this proposal, but improvements in statistical analysis will not result in rulemaking or changes in these proposed rules. Rather, we believe that the software used to apply the clustering methodology is generally irrelevant. Editorial articles Medicare and the Marketplace 2018 Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans: Overview by State We propose that a contract would receive a low performing icon as a result of its performance on the Part C or Part D summary ratings. The low performing icon would be calculated by evaluating the Part C and Part D summary ratings for the current year and the past 2 years (for example, the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Star Ratings). If the contract had any combination of Part C and Part D summary ratings of 2.5 or lower in all 3 years of data, it would be marked with a low performing icon. A contract must have a summary rating in either Part C or Part D for all 3 years to be considered for this icon. These rules would be codified at §§ 422.166(i)(2)(i) and 423.186(i)(2)(i). When consolidations involve two or more contracts for health and/or drug services of the same plan type under the same parent organization combining into a single contract at the start of a contract year, we propose to calculate the QBP rating for that first year following the consolidation using the enrollment-weighted mean, using traditional rounding rules, of what would have been the QBP ratings of the surviving and consumed contracts using the contract enrollment in November of the year the Star Ratings were released. In November of each year following the release of the ratings on Medicare Plan Finder, the preliminary QBP ratings are displayed in the Health Plan Management System (HPMS) for the year following the Star Ratings year. For example, the first year the consolidated entity is in operation is plan year 2020; the 2020 QBP rating displayed in HPMS in November 2018 would be based on the 2019 Star Ratings (which are released in October 2018) and calculated using the weighted mean of the November 2018 enrollment of the surviving and consumed contracts. Because the same parent organization is involved in these situations, we believe that many administrative processes and procedures are identical in the Medicare health plans offered by the sponsoring organization, and using a weighted mean of what would have been their QBP ratings accurately reflects their performance for payment purposes. In subsequent years after the first year following the consolidation, QBPs status would be determined based on the consolidated entity's Star Rating posted on Medicare Plan Finder. Under our proposal, the measure, domain, summary, and in the case of MA-PD plans the overall Star Ratings posted on Medicare Plan Finder for the second year following consolidation would be based on the enrollment-weighted measure scores so would include data from all contracts involved. Consequently, the ratings used for QBP status determinations would reflect the care provided by both the surviving and consumed contracts. School-based health care services (SBHS) Jump up ^ Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Annual Reports to Congress, 2006-2018[specify] 115. The authority citation for part 460 continues to read as follows: Additional Resources AHA: What Does the Research Say About Coffee and Your Health? ++ Specific examples of medical record requests (for example, anecdotes and/or the requests themselves, appropriately redacted of confidential information and PII/PHI). Medicare Fraud and Abuse April 2016 Find an In-Network Doctor, Dentist, or Facility You can use our online Medicare application if you: 7. ICRs Regarding the Medicare Advantage Plan Minimum Enrollment Waiver (§ 422.514(b)) Long-Term Care Calculator In § 423.2460, redesignate existing paragraphs (b) and (c) as paragraphs (c) and (d), respectively. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. Register for a free account Access My Benefits Health plans with health savings accounts (HSAs) (non-Medicare) ++ Advance notice identifying the specific drug changes to be made at least 30 days prior to the effective date of the change as follows: © Copyright 2018 Health Care Service Corporation. All Rights Reserved.   We understand there may be concerns that the direct notice identifying the specific drug substitution would arrive after the formulary change has already taken place. As explained previously, we believe generic substitutions pose no threat to enrollee safety. Also, as noted earlier, we are proposing to revise § 423.120(b)(6) to permit generic substitutions to take place throughout the entire year. This means that, under the proposed provision, a Part D sponsor meeting all the requirements would be able to substitute a generic drug for a brand name drug well before the actual start of the plan year (for instance, if a generic drug became available on the market days after the summer update). There is nothing in our regulation that would prohibit advance notice and, in fact, we would encourage Part D sponsors to provide direct notice as early as possible to any beneficiaries who have reenrolled in the same plan and are currently taking a brand name drug that will be replaced with a generic drug with the start of the next plan year. We would also anticipate that Part D sponsors will be promptly updating the formularies posted online and provided to potential beneficiaries to reflect any permitted generic substitutions—and at a minimum meeting any current timing requirements provided in applicable guidance. At this time we are not proposing to set a regulatory deadline by which Part D sponsors must update their formularies before the start of the new plan year. However, if we were to finalize this provision and thereafter find that Part D sponsors were not timely updating their formularies, we would reexamine this policy. And we would note, as regards timing, that § 423.128(d)(2)(iii) requires that the current formulary posted online be updated at least monthly.

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