In § 422.102(d), we propose to use “supplemental benefits packaging” instead of “marketing of supplemental benefits.” Furthermore, we have expressed concern that Part D sponsors may be restricting MTM eligibility criteria to limit the number of qualified enrollees, and we believe that explicitly including MTM program expenditures in the MLR numerator as QIA-related expenditures could provide an incentive to reduce any such restrictions. This is particularly important in providing individualized disease management in conjunction with the ongoing opioid Start Printed Page 56459crisis evolving within the Medicare population. We hope that, by removing any restrictions or uncertainty about whether compliant MTM programs will qualify for inclusion in the MLR numerator as QIA, the proposed changes will encourage Part D sponsors to strengthen their MTM programs by implementing innovative strategies for this potentially vulnerable population. We believe that beneficiaries with higher rates of medication adherence have better health outcomes, and that medication adherence can also produce medical spending offsets, which could lead to government and taxpayer savings in the trust fund, as well as beneficiary savings in the form of reduced premiums. We solicit comment on these proposed changes.
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Terms ^ Jump up to: a b https://www.cms.gov/ReportsTrustFunds/downloads/tr2016.pdf We estimate that 1,846 beneficiaries would meet the criteria proposed to be identified as an at-risk beneficiary and have a limitation implemented. About 76 percent of the 1,846 beneficiaries are estimated to be LIS. Approximately 10 percent of LIS-eligible enrollees use the duals' SEP to make changes annually. Thus we estimate, at most, 140 changes per year (1,846 beneficiaries × 0.76 × 0.1) will no longer take place because of the proposed duals' SEP limitation. There are currently 219 Part D sponsors. This amounts to an average of 0.6 changes per sponsor per year (140 changes/219 sponsors). In 2016, there were more than 3.5888 Part D plan switches, and as such, a difference of 0.6 enrollments or disenrollments per sponsor will not impact the administrative processing infrastructure or human resources needed to process enrollments and disenrollments. Therefore, there is no change in burden for sponsors to implement this component of the provision.
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Annually, we propose to update the performance and variance thresholds for the reward factor based upon the data for the Star Ratings year, consistent with current policy. A multistep process would be used to determine the values that correspond to the thresholds for the reward factors for the summary and/or overall Star Ratings for a contract. The determination of the reward factors would rely on the contract's ranking of its weighted variance and weighted mean of the measure-level stars to the summary or overall rating relative to the distribution of all contracts' weighted variance and weighted mean to the summary and/or overall rating. A contract's weighted variance would be calculated using the quotient of the following two values: (1) The product of the number of applicable measures based on rating-type and the sum of the products of the weight of each applicable measure and its squared deviation  and (2) the product of one less than the number of applicable measures and the sum of the weights of the applicable measures. A contract's weighted mean performance would be Start Printed Page 56403found by calculating the quotient of the following two values: (1) The sum of the products of the weight of a measure and its associated measure-level Star Ratings of the applicable measures for the rating-type and (2) the sum of the weights of the applicable measures for the rating type. The thresholds for the categorization of the weighted variance and weighted mean for contracts would be based upon the distribution of the calculated values of all rated contracts of the same type. Because 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 is calculated both with and without the improvement measures.
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