Academy Committees By Emmarie Huetteman, Kaiser Health News Pa, Christen and Glafira's Story The second aspect of the current policy came into place in July 2013, when CMS launched the OMS as a tool to monitor Part D plan sponsors' effectiveness in complying with § 423.153(b)(2) to address opioid overutilization. Through the OMS, CMS sends sponsors quarterly reports about their Part D enrollees who meet the criteria for being at high risk of opioid overutilization. Then, we expect sponsors to address each case through the case management process previously described and respond to CMS through the OMS using standardized responses. In addition, we expect sponsors to provide information to their regional CMS representatives and the MARx system about beneficiary-specific opioid POS claim edits that they intend to or have implemented.
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(5) Annual 45-day period for disenrollment from MA plans to Original Medicare. Through 2018, at any time from January 1 through February 14, an individual who is enrolled in an MA plan may elect Original Medicare once during this 45-day period. An individual who chooses to exercise this election may also make a coordinating election to enroll in a PDP as specified in § 423.38(d) of this chapter.
We propose to codify regulation text, at §§ 422.160 and 423.180, that identifies the statutory authority, purpose, and applicability of the Star Ratings System regulations we are proposing to add to part 422 subpart D and part 423 subpart D. Under our proposal, the existing purposes of the quality rating system—to provide comparative information to Medicare beneficiaries pursuant to sections 1851(d) and 1860D-1(c) of the Act, to identify and apply the payment consequences for MA plans under sections 1853(o) and 1854(b)(1)(C) of the Act, and to evaluate and oversee overall and specific performance by plans—would continue. To reflect how the Part D ratings are used for MA-PD plan QBP status and rebate retention allowances, we also propose specific text, to be codified at § 423.180(b)(2), noting that the Part D Star Rating will be used for those purposes.
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Drug Category or Class: We are considering requiring that the manufacturer rebate amount applied to the point-of-sale price for a covered drug be based on the plan's average rebate amount calculated for the rebated drugs in the same category or class. We are considering requiring sponsors to determine the average rebate amount at the therapeutic category or class level, rather than a drug-specific rebate amount, in order to maintain the confidentiality of any manufacturer-sponsor/PBM pricing relationship with respect to an individual drug. Given that rebate rates are typically negotiated at the individual drug level, we believe that the drug category/class-average approach we are considering would help maintain fair competition among drug manufacturers, as well as Part D sponsors, by preventing competitors from reverse engineering the particulars of any proprietary pricing arrangement. This approach would also increase price transparency over the status quo, especially at the drug category or class level, and improve market competition and efficiency under Part D as a result. In addition to feedback on this general approach and our rationale for it, we are seeking comment, in particular, on the drug classification system that Part D sponsors should be required to use to calculate their drug category/class-level average rebate amounts and why that system would be most appropriate for use in such a point-of-sale rebate policy. We also are seeking comment on the effect of calculating average rebates at the drug category/class level on competition and, in turn, on the total rebate dollars received.
As noted previously, section 1860D-4(c)(5)(E) of the Act specifically refers to the Part D benefit appeals provisions in section 1860D-4(h) of the Act, which require Part D plan sponsors to meet the requirements of paragraphs (4) and (5) of section 1852(g) of the Act for benefits in a manner similar to the manner such requirements apply to MA organizations. Section 1852(g)(4) of the Act specifically provides for independent review of “reconsiderations that affirm denial of coverage, in whole or in part (emphasis added).” We believe section 1860D-4(c)(5)(E) of the Act broader reference to “reconsideration and appeal” should be interpreted to mean that individuals have a right to a plan level appeal, consistent with the reconsideration provisions under section 1860D-4(g) of the Act, followed by the right to independent review if the plan level affirms the initial adverse decision. In other words, we believe the reference to “reconsideration” means that a Part D plan sponsor should conduct the initial Start Printed Page 56358level of appeal following an at-risk determination under the plan sponsor's drug management program, consistent with the existing Part D drug benefit appeals process, despite the absence of a specific reference to section 1860D-4(g) of the Act.
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In addition to these proposals related to defined terms and revising the scope of Subparts V in parts 422 and 423, we are proposing changes to the current regulations at §§ 422.2264 and 423.2264 and §§ 422.2268 and 423.2268 that are related to our proposal to distinguish between marketing and communications.
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We are proposing to delete the current regulations that require prescribers to enroll in or opt out of Medicare for a pharmacy claim (or beneficiary request for reimbursement) for a Part D drug prescribed by a physician or eligible professional to be covered. We also propose to generally streamline the existing regulations because, given that we would no longer be requiring certain prescribers to enroll or opt out, we would no longer need an exception for “other authorized providers,” as defined in § 423.100, for there would be no enrollment requirement from which to exempt them. Instead, we would require plan sponsors to reject claims for Part D drugs prescribed by prescribers on the preclusion list. We believe this latter approach would better facilitate our dual goals of reducing prescriber burden and protecting the Medicare program and its beneficiaries from prescribers who could present risks.
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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
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Other than conveying the concurrent benzodiazepine use information to sponsors, we have not expanded the current policy to address non-opioid medications. However, we have stated that if a sponsor chooses to implement the current policy for non-opioid medications, we would expect the sponsor to employ the same level of diligence and documentation with respect to non-opioid medications that we expect for opioid medications. We have taken this approach to the current policy so that we could focus on the opioid epidemic and also due to the difficulty in establishing overuse guidelines for non-opioid controlled substances. For this reason our proposal would not identify benzodiazepines as frequently abused drugs. However, we solicit additional comment on our proposed approach to frequently abused drugs. Also, we propose that, if finalized, this rule would supersede our current policy, and sponsors would no longer be allowed to implement the current policy for non-opioid medications. We seek feedback on allowing sponsors to continue to implement the current policy for non-opioid medications with respect to beneficiary-specific claim edits.
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This summer, insurers that sell Medicare Cost plans are sending several hundred thousand letters to consumers about the transition. There’s no change to coverage in 2018, they point out, while stressing that details about 2019 options aren’t yet available.
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Note that deleting paragraph (e) from §§ 422.2272 and 423.2272 removes language describing the opportunity beneficiaries have to select a different MA or Part D plan when the broker who enrolled them was unlicensed at the time the beneficiaries enrolled. Removing paragraph (e) from §§ 422.2272 and 423.2272 does not eliminate the special enrollment period (SEP) that enrollees receive when it is later discovered that their agent/broker was not licensed at the time of the enrollment as that SEP exists under the authority of § 422.62(b)(4).
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ACA’s Affordability Threshold Rises in 2019 Last name Learn more about Medicare Cost Plan enrollment. We note that prior to the submission of the attestation, and more specifically, prior to the PDE submission deadline for the initial reconciliation for a contract year, if a Part D sponsor discovers an issue with the average rebate amount included in the negotiated price and reported on the PDE, all affected PDEs would need to be adjusted or deleted in accordance with applicable CMS guidance. As of the publication of this request for information, the applicable guidance is October 6, 2011 CMS memorandum, Revision to Previous Guidance Titled “Timely Submission of Prescription Drug Event (PDE) Records and Resolution of Rejected PDEs.”
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