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(B) The lowest deductible shown in the tables described in paragraphs (f)(2)(iii) and (v) of this section would generally not be available for sale from an insurance company. The number of risk patients and the net premiums are shown for the case where the MA plan might directly insure a contracted physician or physician group with protection at these lower deductibles.
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Get help with costs We considered proposing new beneficiary notification requirements for passive enrollments that occur under proposed paragraph (g)(1)(iii). We considered requiring MA organizations receiving the passive enrollment to provide two notifications to all potential enrollees prior to their enrollment effective date. We acknowledge that under the Financial Alignment Initiative demonstrations, states are required to provide two passive enrollment notices. Under the passive enrollment authority proposed here, we would continue to encourage, but not require, a second notice or additional outreach to impacted individuals. Given the existing beneficiary notifications that are currently required under Medicare regulations and concerns regarding the quantity of notifications sent to beneficiaries, we are not proposing to modify the existing notification requirements, so these existing standards would apply for existing passive enrollments and for the newly proposed passive enrollment authority. Start Printed Page 56371However, we solicit comment on alternatives regarding beneficiary notices, including comments about the content and timing of such notices. Our proposal redesignates the notice requirements to paragraph (g)(4) with minor grammatical revisions.
In 2010, section 3204 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act modified section 1851(e)(2)(C) of the Act to no longer offer the old OEP and instead provide a different enrollment period for MA enrollees to leave the MA program and return to Original Medicare in the first 45 days of the calendar year. The statute further permitted individuals who utilized this disenrollment opportunity to enroll in a Part D plan upon their return to Original Medicare. On April 15, 2011, we amended § 422.62(a)(5) and codified §§ 422.62(a)(7) and 423.38(d) to conform with this statutory change and to establish the current Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP) with its coordinating Part D enrollment period. These changes were effective for the 2011 plan year (76 FR 21442 and43).
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SENIOR BLUE 601 (HMO) SHRM India Our rationale for this change is that individuals on the preclusion list are demonstrably problematic. This has negative implications not only for the Trust Funds but also for beneficiary safety. Thus, it is imperative that a beneficiary switch to a new prescriber who is not on the preclusion list as soon as practicable. Under the current Start Printed Page 56446prescriber enrollment requirement, the vast majority of prescribers who are not enrolled in or opted-out of Medicare likely do not pose a risk to the beneficiary or the Trust Funds, and therefore we can allow a 3-month provisional supply/90-day time period for each prescription written by such a prescriber. In addition, our proposed policy would eliminate the difficulty sponsors and PBMs have under the current “per drug” provisional supply policy in determining whether the beneficiary already received a provisional supply of a drug. We seek specific comment on the modifications we are proposing as to the provisional coverage and time period.
We are using these goals to guide our proposal and how we interpret and apply the proposed regulations once finalized. For each provision we are proposing, we solicit comment on whether our specific proposed regulation text best serves these guiding principles. We also solicit comment on whether additional or other principles are better suited for these roles in measuring and communicating quality in the MA and Part D programs in a comparative manner.
Live Fearless with Excellus BCBS Group Health Plans For the Media It has been our longstanding policy that Part D plans cannot restrict access to certain Part D drugs to specialty pharmacies within their Part D network in such a manner that contravenes the convenient access protections of section 1860D-4(b)(1)(C) of the Act and § 423.120(a) of our regulations. (See Q&A at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Prescription-Drug-Coverage/PrescriptionDrugCovContra/Downloads/QASpecialtyAccess_051706.pdf). In 2006, we informed sponsors they cannot restrict access to drugs on the “specialty/high cost” tier to a subset of network pharmacies, except when necessary to meet FDA-mandated limited dispensing requirements (for example, Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) processes) or to ensure the appropriate dispensing of Part D drugs that require extraordinary special handling, provider coordination, or patient education when such extraordinary requirements cannot be met by a network pharmacy (that is, a contracted network pharmacy that does not belong to the restricted subset). Since 2006, it has been our general policy that these types of special requirements for Part D plan sponsors to limit dispensing of specialty drugs be directly linked to patient safety or regulatory reasons.
In the preamble to final rule published on January 28, 2005 (January 2005 final rule) (70 FR 4194) which implemented § 423.120(a)(8)(i) and § 423.505(b)(18), we indicated that standard terms and conditions, particularly for payment terms, could vary to accommodate geographic areas or types of pharmacies, so long as all similarly situated pharmacies were offered the same terms and conditions. We also stated that we viewed these standard terms and conditions as a “floor” of minimum requirements that all similarly situated pharmacies must abide by, but that Part D plans could modify some standard terms and conditions to encourage participation by particular pharmacies. We believe this approach strikes an appropriate balance between the any willing pharmacy requirement at section 1860D-4(b)(1)(A) of the Act and the provisions of section 1860D-4(b)(1)(B) of the Act, which permits Part D plan sponsors to offer reduced cost sharing at preferred pharmacies.
To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed collections previously discussed, please visit CMS' Web site at Web site address at https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-andGuidance/Legislation/PaperworkReductionActof1995/PRAListing.html, or call the Reports Clearance Office at 410-786-1326.
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