Central Office staff will require one person reviewing for 0.25 hours to review a single QIP attestation. The Central Office staff typically have higher Start Printed Page 56488GS levels. We assume a GS grade 13, step 5, with a mean wage of $51.48, which with an allowance of 100 percent for overhead and fringe benefits becomes $102.96. This is based on the 2017 publicly available wages found on the Office of Personnel Management Web site at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2017/general-schedule/.
To find out which courses are right for you, take our free self-assessment 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).
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Medicare State Resources Code of Professional Conduct You get Extra Help with your Medicare prescription drug costs. The balancing of these goals has led to the development of preferred pharmacy networks in which certain pharmacies agree to additional or different terms from the standard terms and conditions. This has resulted in the development of “standard” terms and conditions that in some cases has had the effect, in our view, of circumventing the any willing pharmacy requirements and inappropriately excluding pharmacies from network participation. This section is intended to clarify or modify our interpretation of the existing regulations to ensure that plan sponsors can continue to develop and maintain preferred networks while fully complying with the any willing pharmacy requirement.
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.
(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.
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(vi) CMS develops the model for the modified contract-level LIS/DE percentage for Puerto Rico using the following sources of information:
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Case Management While Minnesota offers the greatest potential for increased Medicare sales, you still have a significant opportunity for growth in the other regions. Carriers such as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield have expanded their 2018 Medicare offerings for several of the states where Medicare Cost Plans are being eliminated. So it’s likely that many carriers will continue to provide more options as the AEP season for 2019 coverage approaches. Some of the Medicare expansion this year includes Anthem in Virginia with 46 additional $0 premium Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in 34 counties, and Anthem in California with more MA options in six additional counties. In Nebraska—one of the states with the lowest Medicare Cost Plan enrollment—Mutual of Omaha is planning to offer MA plans for the first time starting with the 2019 AEP.
Part D plan sponsors are required to upload these new notice templates into their internal claims systems. We estimate that 219 Part D plan sponsors (31 PDP parent organizations and 188 MA-PD parent organizations, based on plan year 2017 plan participation) would be subject to this requirement. We estimate that it will take on average 5 hours at $81.90/hour for a computer programmer to upload all of the notices into their claims systems (note, this is an estimate to upload all of the documents in total; not per document). This would result in a total burden of 1,095 hours (5 hours × 219 sponsors) at a cost of $89,680.50 (1,095 hour × $81.90/hour).
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Change in Residence Fourth, an analysis of Medicare data supports designating opioids as “frequently abused drugs,” at least initially. Over 727,000 Part D beneficiaries had an average MME of at least 90 mg during the 6-month period from July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 (“90 mg MME + users”), a number which excludes beneficiaries with cancer or in hospice, whom we propose to exempt from drug management programs, as we discuss later. As noted earlier, the CDC recommends prescribers generally avoid increasing the daily opioid dosage to 90 MME. Given that so many beneficiaries have an average MME above this threshold, it is reasonable that the Secretary consider this data to be a relevant factor in determining that opioids are frequently abused or diverted.
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Are You Covered? (1) The application form must comply with CMS instructions regarding content and format and be approved by CMS as described in § 422.2262 of this chapter. The application must be completed by an HMO or CMP eligible (or soon to become eligible) individual and include authorization for disclosure between HHS and its designees and the HMO or CMP.
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