In § 422.504(a)(18), to revise paragraph (a)(18) to read: To maintain a Part C summary plan rating score of at least 3 stars pursuant to the 5-star rating system specified in subpart 166 of this part 422. A Part C summary plan rating is calculated as provided in § 422.166.
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Similar to specialty pharmacy, we also decline to further define non-retail pharmacy. The pharmacy types that we define and propose to modify and define in regulation describe functional lines of business that an individual pharmacy may have, solely, or in combination. However, unlike mail order, home infusion, I/T/U, FQHC, LTC, hospital, other institutional, other provider-based, and “members-only” Part D plan-owned and operated pharmacy types or lines of business that comprise “non-retail”, the term “non-retail” does not, itself, define a unique pharmacy functional line of business, and does not lend itself to a clear definition. Consistent with statutory any willing pharmacy and preferred pharmacy provisions, mail-order pharmacies may be preferred or non-preferred. Part D plan sponsors may establish unique non-preferred mail-order cost-sharing, or may establish such non-preferred mail-order cost sharing commensurate with those for retail pharmacies.
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Mental health crisis lines Please enter a valid email address Change/update plans for 2018 Accordingly, we are proposing to revise § 423.38(c)(4), so that it is not available to potential at-risk beneficiaries or at-risk beneficiaries. Once an individual is identified as a potential at-risk beneficiary and the sponsor intends to limit the beneficiary's access to coverage for frequently abused drugs, the sponsor would provide an initial notice to the beneficiary and the duals' SEP would no longer be available to the otherwise eligible individual. This means that he or she would be unable to use the duals' SEP to enroll in a different plan or disenroll from the current Part D plan. The limitation would be effective as of the date the Part D plan sponsor identifies an individual to be potentially at-risk. Limiting the duals' SEP concurrent with the plan's identification of a potential at-risk beneficiary would reduce the opportunities for such beneficiaries to use the interval between receipt of the initial notice and application of the limitation (for example, pharmacy or prescriber lock-in, beneficiary-specific POS claim edit) as an opportunity to change plans before the restriction takes effect.
Understanding medicare ≡ Search but it doesn’t have to be. We are proposing to allow the electronic delivery of certain information normally provided in hard copy documents such as the Evidence of Coverage (EOC). Additionally, we are proposing to change the timeframe for delivery of the EOC in particular to the first day of the Annual Election Period (AEP) rather than fifteen days prior to that date. Allowing plans to provide the EOC electronically would alleviate plan burden related to printing and mailing, and simultaneously would reduce the number of paper documents that beneficiaries receive from plans. This would allow beneficiaries to focus on materials, like the Annual Notice of Change (ANOC), that drive decision making. Changing the date by which plans must provide the EOC to members would allow plans more time to finalize the formatting and ensure the accuracy of the information, as well as further distance it from the ANOC, which must still be delivered 15 days prior to the AEP. We see this proposed change as an overall reduction of impact that our regulations have on plans and beneficiaries. In aggregate, we estimate a savings (to plans for not producing Start Printed Page 56340and mailing hard-copy EOCs) of approximately $51 million.
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Downloads 08 Section 1860D-4(b)(3)(E) of the Act requires Part D sponsors to provide “appropriate notice” to the Secretary, affected enrollees, authorized prescribers, pharmacists, and pharmacies regarding any decision to either: (1) Remove a drug from its formulary, or (2) make any change in the preferred or tiered cost-sharing status of a drug. Section 423.120(b)(5) implements that requirement by defining appropriate notice as that given at least 60 days prior to such change taking effect during a given contract year. We have recognized that both current and prospective enrollees of a prescription drug plan need to have the most current formulary information by the time of the annual election period described in § 423.38(b) in order to enroll in the Part D plan that best suits their particular needs. To this end, § 423.120(b)(6) prohibits Part D sponsors and MA organizations from removing a covered Part D drug from a formulary or changing the preferred or tiered cost-sharing status of a covered Part D drug between the beginning of the annual election period described in § 423.38(b)(2) and 60 days subsequent to the beginning of the contract year associated with that annual election period. Our concern has been to prevent situations in which Part D sponsors change their formularies early in the contract year without providing appropriate notice as described in § 423.120(b)(5) to new enrollees. Thus, § 423.120(b)(6) has required that all materials distributed during the annual election period reflect the formulary the Part D sponsor will offer at the beginning of the contract year for which it is enrolling Part D eligible individuals. Lastly, under § 423.128(d)(2)(iii), Part D sponsors must also provide current and prospective Part D enrollees with at least 60 days' notice regarding the removal or change in the preferred or tiered cost-sharing status of a Part D drug on its Part D plan's formulary. The general notice requirements and burden are currently approved by OMB under control number 0938-0964 (CMS-10141).
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In order to effectively capture all pharmacy price concessions at the point of sale consistently across sponsors, we are considering requiring the negotiated price to reflect the lowest possible reimbursement that a network pharmacy could receive from a particular Part D sponsor for a covered Part D drug. Under this approach, the price reported at the point of sale would need to include all price concessions that could potentially flow from network pharmacies, as well as any dispensing fees, but exclude any additional contingent amounts that could flow to network pharmacies and increase prices over the lowest reimbursement level, such as incentive fees. That is, if a performance-based payment arrangement exists between a sponsor and a network pharmacy, the point-of-sale price of a drug reported to CMS would need to equal the final reimbursement that the network pharmacy would receive for that prescription under the arrangement if the pharmacy's performance score were the lowest possible. If a pharmacy is ultimately paid an amount above the lowest possible contingent incentive reimbursement (such as in situations where a pharmacy's performance under a performance-based arrangement triggers a bonus payment or a smaller penalty than that assessed for the lowest level of performance), the difference between the negotiated price reported to CMS on the PDE record and the final payment to the pharmacy would need to be reported as negative DIR. For an illustration of how negotiated prices would be reported under such an approach, see the example provided later in this section.
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With this CMS proposal to narrow the marketing definition, we believe there is a need to continue to apply the current standards to and develop guidance for those materials that fall outside of the proposed definition. We propose changing the title of each Subpart V by replacing the term “Marketing” with “Communication.” We propose to define in §§ 422.2260(a) and 423.2260(a) definitions of “communications” (activities and use of materials to provide information to current and prospective enrollees) and “communications materials” (materials that include all information provided to current members and prospective beneficiaries). We propose that marketing materials (discussed later in this section) would be a subset of communications materials. In many ways, the proposed definition of communications materials is similar to the current definition of marketing materials; the proposed definition has a broad scope and would include both mandatory disclosures that are primarily informative and materials that are primarily geared to encourage enrollment.
Need Help? 1-877-475-8454 0938-AT08 See also Which Drugs are Covered? We believe that it is important to note that although we are proposing a significant reduction in the amount of data that MA organizations and Part D sponsors must report to us, we are not proposing to change our authority under § 422.2480 or § 423.2480 to conduct selected audit reviews of the data reported under §§ 422.2460 and 423.2460 to determine that remittance amounts under §§ 422.2410(b) and 423.2410(b) and sanctions under §§ 422.2410(c), 422.2410(d), 423.2410(c), and 423.2410(d) were accurately calculated, reported, and applied. Moreover, MA organizations and Part D sponsors would continue to be required to retain documentation supporting the MLR figure reported and to make available to CMS, HHS, the Comptroller General, or their designees any information needed to determine whether the data and amounts submitted with respect to the Medicare MLR are accurate and valid, in accordance with §§ 422.504 and 423.505.
We propose to continue the use of a reward factor to reward contracts with consistently high and stable performance over time. Further, we propose to continue to employ the methodology described in this subsection to categorize and determine the reward factor for contracts. As proposed in paragraphs (c)(1) and (d)(1), these reward factor adjustments would be applied at the summary and overall rating level.Start Printed Page 56404
29. Section 422.260 is amended by revising paragraph (a) and revising the definition of “Quality bonus payment (QBP) determination methodology” in paragraph (b) to read as follows:
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