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As provided at §§ 422.254(a)(4) and 422.256(b)(4), CMS will only approve a bid submitted by a Medicare Advantage (MA) organization if its plan benefit package is substantially different from those of other plans offered by the organization in the area with respect to key plan characteristics such as premiums, cost sharing, or benefits offered. MA organizations may submit bids for multiple plans in the same area under the same contract only if those plans are substantially different from one another based on CMS's annual meaningful difference evaluation standards. CMS proposes to eliminate this meaningful difference requirement beginning with MA bid submissions for contract year (CY) 2019. Separate meaningful difference rules were concurrently adopted for MA and stand-alone prescription drug plans (PDPs), but this specific proposal is limited to the meaningful difference provision related to the MA program. This proposal is not related to a statutory change.
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Based on CMS's efforts to revisit MA standards and the implementation of the governing law to find flexibility for MA beneficiaries and plans, MA organizations are able to: (1) Tier the cost sharing for contracted providers as an incentive to encourage enrollees to seek care from providers the plan identifies based on efficiency and quality data which was communicated in CY 2011 guidance; (2) establish Provider Specific Plans (PSPs) designed to offer enrollees benefits through a subset of the overall contracted network in a given service area, which are sometimes referred to as narrower networks, and which was collected in the PBP beginning in CY 2011; and (3) beginning in CY 2019, provide different cost sharing and/or additional supplemental benefits for enrollees based on defined health conditions within the same plan (Flexibility in the Medicare Advantage Uniformity Requirements). These flexibilities allow MA organizations to provide beneficiaries with access to health care benefits that are tailored to individual needs, but make it difficult for CMS to objectively measure meaningful differences between plans. Items 1 and 3 provide greater cost sharing flexibility to address individual beneficiary needs, but result in a much broader range of cost sharing values being entered into PBP. As discussed in the previous paragraph, the CMS OOPC model uses the lowest cost sharing value for each service category to estimate out-of-pocket costs which may or may not be a relevant comparison between different plans for purposes of evaluating meaningful difference when variable cost sharing of this type is involved.
Medicare Cost Plans Ending: Understanding the Impact In the case of an alternate second notice, the timeframe should provide the beneficiary with definitive notice that the sponsor has not identified the beneficiary as an at-risk beneficiary and that there will be no limitation on his/her access to coverage for frequently abused drugs. Accordingly, we propose that the sponsor would be required to send either the second notice or the alternate second notice, as applicable, when it makes its determination or no later than 90 calendar days after the date on the initial notice, whichever comes sooner.
More... Stakeholder training and education From 2007 to 2010, the Act outlined an Open Enrollment Period (OEP)—referred to hereafter as the “old OEP”—which provided MA-eligible individuals one opportunity to make an enrollment change between January 1 and March 31. It permitted new enrollment into an MA plan from Original Medicare, switches between MA plans, and disenrollment from a MA plan to Original Medicare. During this old OEP, individuals were not allowed to make changes to their Part D coverage. Hence, an individual who had Part D coverage through a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan (MA-PD plan) could only use the old OEP to switch to (1) another MA-PD plan; or (2) Original Medicare with a Prescription Drug Plan (PDP). This old OEP did not permit someone enrolled in either an MA-only plan or Original Medicare without a PDP to enroll in Part D coverage through this enrollment opportunity. The old OEP was codified at § 422.62(a)(5) in 2005 (see 70 FR 4587).
By law, CMS is required to adjust payments to MA organizations for their enrollees' risk factors, such as age, disability status, gender, institutional status, and health status. To this end, MA organizations are required in regulation (§ 422.310) to submit risk adjustment data to CMS—including diagnosis codes—to characterize the context and purposes of items and services provided to MA organization plan enrollees. Risk adjustment data refers to data submitted in two formats: Comprehensive data equivalent to Medicare fee-for-service claims data (often referred to as encounter data) and data in abbreviated formats (often referred to as RAPS data). Under § 422.310, risk adjustment data that is submitted must be documented in the medical record and MA organizations will be required to submit medical records to validate the risk adjustment data. Finally, at § 422.310(d)(4), MA organizations may include in their contracts with providers, suppliers, physicians, and other practitioners, provisions that require submission of complete and accurate risk adjustment data as required by CMS. These provisions may include financial penalties for failure to submit complete data.
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You automatically get Part A and Part B the month your disability benefits begin. d. In paragraph (b)(5)(i) introductory text, by removing the figure “60” and adding in its place the figure “30” and by adding the phrase “(for purposes of this paragraph (b)(5) these entities are referred to as “CMS and other specified entities”) after the word “pharmacists”;
Concerning revocations, we have the authority to revoke a provider's or supplier's Medicare enrollment for any of the applicable reasons listed in § 424.535(a). There are currently 14 such reasons. When revoked, the provider or supplier is barred under § 424.535(c) from reenrolling in Medicare for a period of 1 to 3 years, depending upon the severity of the underlying behavior. We have an obligation to protect the Trust Funds from providers and suppliers that engage in activities that could threaten the Medicare program, its beneficiaries, and the taxpayers. In light of the significance of behavior that could serve as grounds for revocation, we believe that prescribers who have engaged in inappropriate activities should be the focus of our Part D program integrity efforts under § 423.120(c)(6).
The proposed revision of 423.265 eliminates the requirement for two enhanced benefit plans offered by a PDP organization in a service area to be “substantially different”. If finalized this will result in increased plan flexibilities and a potential increase in beneficiary plan choice. We expect this provision to reduce plan burden and could provide a very modest savings to plans sponsors of approximately $60,000. The savings represent an estimate of the time not spent by certifying actuaries to ensure that a meaningful difference threshold is met between two PDP EA offerings. Based on the preliminary CY 2018 landscape, if all PDP organizations that submitted an EA benefit design had also submitted the maximum of two EA plans, the result would be approximately 275 EA to EA plan pairings that would have required actuary time spent in evaluation of the meaningful difference requirement. We further estimate that it would take an actuary 2 hours to write a meaningful difference requirement. Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) latest wage estimates, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes152011.htm, the mean hourly wage for actuaries, occupation code 15-2011 is $54.87 which when multiplied by 2 to allow 100 percent for overhead and fringe benefits is $109.74 an hour. Thus our total estimated burden is 275 EAs × 2 Hours per EA = 550 hours at a cost of 550 × $109.74 = $60357. While there is potential savings for PDP plan sponsors under this proposal, these savings could be offset for organizations who make the business decision to prepare and submit additional bids if this proposal is finalized. If the EA to EA threshold was the sole barrier to a PDP sponsor offering a second EA plan, (that is, the sponsor currently only offers one enhanced plan), based on the CY2018 PDP landscape, we could anticipate a modest increase of approximately 125 additional enhanced plans (15 percent increase). Although we believe it unlikely that all PDP sponsors would opt to add an additional plan.
Acronyms You should always go to the emergency room (ER) if you believe your life or health is in danger. However, for less severe injuries or illnesses, the ER can be expensive and wait times can average over 4 hours.
Section 1860D-4(b)(1)(A) of the Act and § 423.120(a)(8)(i) require a Part D plan sponsor to contract with any pharmacy that meets the Part D plan sponsor's standard terms and conditions for network participation. Section 423.505(b)(18) requires Part D plan sponsors to have a standard contract with reasonable and relevant terms and conditions of participation whereby any willing pharmacy may access the standard contract and participate as a network pharmacy.
Section 1860-D-4(c)(5)(F) of the Act provides that the Secretary shall develop standards for the termination of the identification of an individual as an at-risk beneficiary, which shall be the Start Printed Page 56359earlier of the date the individual demonstrates that he or she is no longer likely to be an at-risk beneficiary in the absence of limitations, or the end of such maximum period as the Secretary may specify.
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This measure, which examines Medicare spending in the context of the US economy as a whole, is expected to increase from 3.6 percent in 2010 to 6.2 percent by 2090 under current law and over 9 percent under what the actuaries really expect will happen (called an "illustrative example" in recent-year Trustees Reports).
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