Free Preventive Services CMS's goal is to establish future MOOP limits based on the most relevant and available data, or combination of data, that reflects beneficiary health care costs in the MA program and maintains benefit stability over time. Medicare FFS data currently represents the most relevant and available data at this time. CMS may consider future rulemaking regarding the use of MA encounter cost data to understand program health care costs and compare to Medicare FFS data in establishing cost sharing limits. Under this current proposal to revise the regulations controlling MOOP limits, CMS might change its existing methodology of using the 85th and 95th percentiles of projected beneficiary out-of-pocket Medicare FFS spending in the future. CMS expects to establish future limits by striking the appropriate balance between limiting MOOP costs and potential changes in premium, benefits, and cost sharing with the goal of making sure beneficiaries can access affordable and sustainable benefit packages. While CMS intends to continue using the 85th and 95th percentiles of projected beneficiary out-of-pocket spending for the immediate future to set MA MOOP limits, CMS proposes to amend the regulation text in §§ 422.100(f)(4) and (5) and 422.101(d)(2) and (d)(3) to incorporate authority to balance factors discussed previously. The flexibility provided by these proposed changes will permit CMS to annually adjust mandatory and voluntary MOOP limits based on changes in market conditions and to ensure the sustainability of the MA program and benefit options.
The second deadline we propose concerns the promptness of Part D plan sponsors' responses to pharmacy requests for standard terms and conditions. As discussed previously, we propose to require all Part D plan sponsors to have standard terms and conditions developed and ready for distribution by September 15. Therefore, we propose to require at § 423.505(b)(18)(ii) that, after that date and throughout the following plan year, Part D plan sponsors must provide the applicable standard terms and conditions document to a requesting pharmacy within two business days of receipt of the request. Part D plan sponsors would be required to clearly identify for interested pharmacies the avenue (for example, phone number, email address, Web site) through which they can make this request. In instances where the Part D plan sponsor requires a pharmacy to execute a confidentiality agreement with respect to the terms and conditions, the Part D plan sponsor would be required to provide the confidentiality agreement within two business days after receipt of the pharmacy's request and then provide the standard terms and conditions within 2 business days after receipt of the signed confidentiality agreement. While Part D plan sponsors may ask pharmacies to demonstrate that they are qualified to meet the Part D plan sponsors' standard terms and conditions before executing the contract, Part D plan sponsors would be required to provide the pharmacy with a copy of the contract terms for its review within the two-day timeframe. If finalized, this proposed requirement would permit pharmacies to do their due diligence with respect to whether a Part D plan sponsor's standard terms and conditions are acceptable at the same time Part D plan sponsors are conducting their own review of the qualifications of the requesting pharmacy. We specifically seek comment on whether these timeframes are the right length to address our goal but are operationally realistic. We also request examples of situations where a longer timeframe might be needed.
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(3) The summary ratings are on a 1 to 5 star scale ranging from 1 (worst rating) to 5 (best rating) in half-star increments using traditional rounding rules. Work For Us
U.S. farmers to get $4.7 billion in federal tariffs relief (6)(i) Except as provided in paragraph (c)(6)(iv) of this section, a Part D sponsor must reject, or must require its PBM to reject, a pharmacy claim for a Part D drug if the individual who prescribed the drug is included on the preclusion list, defined in § 423.100.
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