12 13 14 15 16 17 18 More Topics in this Section Member contacts How to Invest Such flexibility under our new interpretation of the uniformity requirement is not without limits, however, as section 1852(b)(1)(A) of the Act prohibits an MA plan from denying, limiting, or conditioning the coverage or provision of a service or benefit based on health-status related factors. MA regulations (for example, §§ 422.100(f)(2) and 422.110(a)) reiterate and implement this non-discrimination requirement. In interpreting these obligations to protect against discrimination, we have historically indicated that the purpose of the requirements is to protect high-acuity enrollees from adverse treatment on the basis of their higher cost health conditions (79 FR 29843; 76 FR 21432; and 74 FR 54634). As MA plans consider this new flexibility in meeting the uniformity requirement, they must be mindful of ensuring compliance with non-discrimination responsibilities and obligations.[25] MA plans that exercise this flexibility must ensure that the cost sharing reductions and targeted supplemental benefits are for health care services that are medically related to each disease condition. CMS will be concerned about potential discrimination if an MA plan is targeting cost sharing reductions and additional supplemental benefits for a large number of disease conditions, while excluding other higher-cost conditions. We will review benefit designs to make sure that the overall impact is non-discriminatory and that higher acuity, higher cost enrollees are not being excluded in favor of healthier populations. Weights & Measures Office Final Expense Insurance How to pay for Medicare Part B Health Care Law Under our proposal, default enrollment of individuals at the time of their conversion to Medicare would be more limited than the default enrollments Congress authorized the Secretary to permit in section 1851(c)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act. However, we are also proposing some flexibility for MA organizations that wish to offer seamless continuation of coverage to their non-Medicare members, commercial, Medicaid or otherwise, who are gaining Medicare eligibility. As discussed in more detail below, affirmative elections would be necessary for individuals not enrolled in a Medicaid managed care plan, consistent with § 422.50. However, because individuals enrolled in an organization's commercial plan, for example would already be known to the parent organization offering both the non-Medicare plan and the MA plan and the statute acknowledges that this existing relationship is somewhat relevant to Part C coverage, we propose to amend § 422.66(d)(5) and to establish, through subregulatory guidance, a new and simplified positive (that is, “opt in”) election process that would be available to all MA organizations for the MA enrollments of their commercial, Medicaid or other non-Medicare plan members. To reflect our change in policy with regard to a default enrollment process and this proposal to permit a simplified election process for individuals who are electing coverage in an MA plan offered by the same entity as the individual's non-Medicare coverage, we are also proposing to add text in § 422.66(d)(5) authorizing a simplified election for purposes of converting existing non-Medicare coverage, commercial, Medicaid or otherwise, to MA coverage offered by the same organization. This new mechanism would allow for a less burdensome process for MA organizations to offer enrollment in their MA plans to their non-Medicare health plan members who are newly eligible for Medicare. As the MA organization has a significant amount of the information from the member's non-Medicare enrollment, this new simplified election process aims to make enrollment easier for the newly-eligible beneficiary to complete and for the MA organization to process. It would align with the individual's Part A and Part B initial enrollment period (and initial coordinated election period for MA coverage), provided he or she enrolled in both Medicare Parts A and B when first eligible for Medicare. This new election process would provide a longer period of time for MA organizations to accept enrollment requests than the time period in which MA organizations would be required to effectuate default enrollments, as organizations would be able to accept enrollments throughout the individual's Initial Coverage Election Period (ICEP), which for an aged beneficiary is the 7-month period that begins 3 months before the month in which the individual turns 65 and ends 3 months after the month in which the individual turns 65. We would use existing authority to create this new enrollment Start Printed Page 56368mechanism which, if implemented, would be available to MA organizations in the 2019 contract year. We solicit comments on the proposed changes to the regulation text as well as the form and manner in which such enrollments may occur. Apply online at Social Security. If you started your online application and have your re-entry number, you can go back to Social Security to finish your application. (c) Part D summary ratings. (1) CMS will calculate the Part D summary ratings using the weighted mean of the measure-level Star Ratings for Part D, weighted in accordance with paragraph (e) with an adjustment to reward consistently high performance described and the application of the CAI, under paragraph (f) of this section. Suffix Requirement applicable to related entities. (602) 864-4844. Dementia Grants Awarded Copyright © 2001-2018 Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Are you looking for individual insurance coverage? Choose one of the following to receive information: EBILLING fair and respectful treatment at all times § 423.564 As the specialty drug distribution market has grown, so has the number of organizations competing to distribute or dispense specialty drugs, such as pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), health plans, wholesalers, health systems, physician practices, retail pharmacy chains, and small, independent pharmacies (see the URAC White Paper, “Competing in the Specialty Pharmacy Market: Achieving Success in Value-Based Healthcare,” available at http://info.urac.org/​specialtypharmacyreport). CMS is concerned that Part D plan sponsors might use their standard pharmacy network contracts in a way that inappropriately limits dispensing of specialty drugs to certain pharmacies. In fact, we have received complaints from pharmacies that Part D plan sponsors have begun to require accreditation of pharmacies, including accreditation by multiple accrediting organizations, or additional Part D plan-/PBM-specific credentialing criteria, for network participation. We agree that there is a role in the Part D program for pharmacy accreditation, to the extent pharmacy accreditation requirements in network agreements promote quality assurance. In particular, we support Part D plan sponsors that want to negotiate an accreditation requirement in exchange for, for example, designating a pharmacy as a specialty or preferred pharmacy in the Part D plan sponsor's contracted pharmacy network. However, we do not support the use of Part D plan sponsor- or PBM-specific credentialing criteria, in lieu of, or in addition to, accreditation by recognized accrediting organizations, apart from drug-specific limited dispensing criteria such as FDA-mandated REMS 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 (as discussed previously). Moreover, we are especially concerned about anecdotal reports that allege such standard terms and conditions for network participation are waived, for example, when a Part D plan sponsor needs a particular pharmacy in its network in order to meet convenient access requirements, or even for certain pharmacies that received preferred pharmacy status. The New America Q. Can I be dropped from a Kaiser Permanente Medicare health plan? Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, House Under federal law, you have a guaranteed issue right to buy a Medicare Supplement insurance plan (also known as MedSupp or Medigap) during the Medigap Open Enrollment Period, which begins the first month you have Medicare Part B and are age 65 or older. This means that during this six-month enrollment period, insurers cannot turn you down or charge you more because of a pre-existing health condition*. Certain uninsured or low-income women who are screened for breast or cervical cancer Important Info Many individuals who are on the brink of a major Medicare decision still do not understand the program. "While the agency inappropriately characterizes these clinic visits as "check-ups," the reality is that hospitals serve some of the sickest, most medically complex patients in our clinics, evaluating them for everything from metastatic breast cancer to heart failure," said Tom Nickels, executive vice president at the American Hospital Association, in a statement. senior.linkage@state.mn.us In section II.A.11. of this rule, we propose to revise § 423.38(c)(4) to limit the SEP for dual- and LIS-eligible individuals. The provision would make the SEP for FBDE or other subsidy-eligible individuals available only in the following circumstances: Basis and scope of the Medicare Advantage Quality Rating System. Financial & Legal Find a wellness coordinator Agent of Record Report Apple Health Eligibility Manual PROVIDERFIRST EDUCATION Charts & Slides Income Guidelines for Previous Year For these 6,000 members, the current regulation at § 422.208(f)(2)(iii) (the chart) shows the physician needs stop-loss insurance for $37,000 in a combined attachment point (deductible). The $37,000 is obtained by using linear interpolation on the chart at § 422.208(f)(2)(iii), replacing panel sizes with midpoints of ranges and rounding to the nearest 1,000. To find the premium for a stop-loss insurance with a deductible of $37,000, we use Table 26, which reflects current insurance rates, that is, what would be charged today. By using linear interpolations on the columns with $30,000 and $40,000 and rounding to the nearest $1,000, we see that the PMPY premium for insurance with $37,000 combined attachment points is $2,000 PMPY. This $2,000 premium reflects the baseline charge today for a combined deductible of $37,000. Public Records Requests Go Home Anytime Among Exchange-Participating Insurers Maximum Individual Market The improvement measure score would then be determined by calculating the weighted sum of the net improvement per measure category divided by the weighted sum of the number of eligible measures. Check Application Status Note: Some exceptions could apply that would allow you to enroll in Prime Solution even if you live in a county not listed above. Call Medica to learn more. March 2017 Find out more Understand Medicare Evaluate your options Medicare guidelines In newly redesignated § 423.2460(c), revise the text to refer to total revenue included in the MLR calculation rather than reports of that information.

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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. CMS-855A 6,000 5 n/a 1 6 Have questions? We can help! Large Business Employer Will my monthly premium change if I have a birthday that puts me into a different age category? Credit card scams, identity theft and ... insurance fraud? Yes, it happens. This is of particular concern for seniors, or those who might not regularly use a computer. View All More than U.S. National Library of Medicine 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health 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. Nurse Part A Member Experience with the Drug Plan. Transgender Health Services Program For Insurers & Regulated Entities 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 [42] 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. MFS has been criticized for not paying doctors enough because of the low conversion factor. By adjustments to the MFS conversion factor, it is possible to make global adjustments in payments to all doctors.[55] Call 612-324-8001 Change Medicare | Minneapolis Minnesota MN 55418 Hennepin Call 612-324-8001 Change Medicare | Minneapolis Minnesota MN 55419 Hennepin Call 612-324-8001 Change Medicare | Minneapolis Minnesota MN 55420 Hennepin
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