We understand there may be concerns that the direct notice identifying the specific drug substitution would arrive after the formulary change has already taken place. As explained previously, we believe generic substitutions pose no threat to enrollee safety. Also, as noted earlier, we are proposing to revise § 423.120(b)(6) to permit generic substitutions to take place throughout the entire year. This means that, under the proposed provision, a Part D sponsor meeting all the requirements would be able to substitute a generic drug for a brand name drug well before the actual start of the plan year (for instance, if a generic drug became available on the market days after the summer update). There is nothing in our regulation that would prohibit advance notice and, in fact, we would encourage Part D sponsors to provide direct notice as early as possible to any beneficiaries who have reenrolled in the same plan and are currently taking a brand name drug that will be replaced with a generic drug with the start of the next plan year. We would also anticipate that Part D sponsors will be promptly updating the formularies posted online and provided to potential beneficiaries to reflect any permitted generic substitutions—and at a minimum meeting any current timing requirements provided in applicable guidance. At this time we are not proposing to set a regulatory deadline by which Part D sponsors must update their formularies before the start of the new plan year. However, if we were to finalize this provision and thereafter find that Part D sponsors were not timely updating their formularies, we would reexamine this policy. And we would note, as regards timing, that § 423.128(d)(2)(iii) requires that the current formulary posted online be updated at least monthly.
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Op-Ed Contributors Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. We are proposing several changes to Subpart V of the part 422 and 423 regulations. To better outline these proposed changes, they are addressed in four areas of focus: (1) Including “communication requirements” in the scope of Subpart V or parts 422 and 423, which will include new definitions for “communications” and “communication materials;” (2) amending §§ 422.2260 and 423.2260 to add (at a new paragraph (b)) a definition of “marketing” in place of the current definition of “marketing materials” and to provide lists identifying marketing materials and non-marketing materials; (3) adding new regulation text to prohibit marketing during the Open Enrollment Period proposed in section III.B.1 of this proposed rule; (4) technical changes to other regulatory provisions as a result of the changes to Subpart V. To the extent necessary, CMS relies on its authority to add regulatory and contract requirements to the cost plan, MA, and Part D programs to propose and (ultimately) adopt these changes. We note as well that sections 1851(h) and (j) of the Act (cross-referenced in sections 1860D-1 and 1860D-4(l)) of the Act address activities and direct that the Secretary adopt standards limiting marketing activities, which CMS interprets as permitting regulation of communications about the plan that do not rise to the level of activities and materials that specifically promote enrollment.
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While we received relatively few comments related to meaningful difference in response to the RFI, we did receive a number of comments both in support of and opposing the proposed increase in the meaningful difference threshold between enhanced PDP offerings we announced in the Draft CY 2018 Call Letter. Those in favor of our proposal believe that the increase would help to ensure that sponsors are offering meaningfully different plans and would minimize beneficiary confusion. Commenters opposed to the proposal argued that the increase would lead to more expensive plans and would effectively limit plan choice. They argued that expanding OOPC differentials would ultimately create more beneficiary disruption as sponsors would have to consolidate plans that do not meet the new threshold. This result would directly contradict our request that plan sponsors consider options to minimize beneficiary disruption. Commenters suggested that we should utilize OOPC estimates as they were originally intended, to ensure that beneficiaries receive a minimum additional value from enhanced plans. They added that steady and reasonable OOPC thresholds will give beneficiaries more consistent benefits and lower premiums.
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(3) Influence a beneficiary's decision-making process when making a MA plan selection or influence a beneficiary's decision to stay enrolled in a plan (that is, retention-based marketing).
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