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In addition, the application of the continuous SEP carries different service delivery implications for enrollees of MA-PD plans and related products than for standalone enrollees of PDPs. At the outset of the Part D program, when drug coverage for dually eligible beneficiaries was transitioned from Medicaid to Medicare, there were concerns about how CMS would effectively identify, educate, and enroll dually eligible beneficiaries. While processes (for example, auto-enrollment, reassignment) were established to facilitate coverage, the continuous SEP served as a fail-safe to ensure that the beneficiary was always in a position to make a choice that best served their healthcare needs. Unintended consequences have resulted from this flexibility, including, as noted by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC  ), opportunities for marketing abuses.
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).
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Academy Committees Current regulations at § 405.924(a) set forth Social Security Administration (SSA) actions that constitute initial determinations under section 1869(a)(1) of the Act. These actions at § 405.924(a) include determinations with respect to entitlement to Medicare hospital (Part A) or supplementary medical insurance (Part B), disallowance of an application for entitlement; a denial of a request for withdrawal of an application for Medicare Part A or Part B, or denial of a request for cancellation of a request for withdrawal; or a determination as to whether an individual, previously determined as entitled to Part A or Part B, is no longer entitled to these benefits, including a determination based on nonpayment of premiums.
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Here are the four mistakes to avoid when enrolling in Medicare: Primary and preventive services This is your Medicare Initial Enrollment Period to enroll in Parts A and B. (It is also your enrollment period for Part D, but you purchase Part D separately from an insurance company. You do not enroll in it through Social Security because Part D is voluntary.)
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We are proposing to revise the text in § 422.514(b) to provide that the waiver of the minimum enrollment requirement may be in effect for the first 3 years of the contract. Further, we are proposing to delete all references to “MA organizations” in paragraph (b) to reflect our proposal that we would only review and approve waiver requests during the contract application process. We also propose to delete current paragraphs (b)(2) and (b)(3) in their entirety to remove the requirement for MA organizations to submit an additional minimum enrollment waiver annually for the second and third years of the contract. Finally, the proposed text also includes technical changes to redesignate paragraphs (b)(1)(i) through (iii) as (b)(1) through (3), consistent with regulation style requirements of the Office of the Federal Register.
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As discussed in the 2010 rulemaking (75 FR 19709), CMS affords greater flexibility in establishing Parts A and B cost sharing to MA plans that adopt a lower, voluntary MOOP limit than is available to plans that adopt the higher, mandatory MOOP limit. The percentage of eligible Medicare beneficiaries with access to an MA plan (excluding employer and dual eligible special needs plans) offering a voluntary MOOP limit has decreased from 97.7 percent in CY 2011 to 68.1 percent in CY 2017. This has resulted in the percentage of total enrollees in a voluntary MOOP plan decreasing from 51 percent in CY 2011 to 21 percent in CY 2017.
About Cigna A-Z Index of U.S. Government Agencies We propose to delete the limitation placed on MA organizations and Part D sponsors as to how they can respond to an agent/broker who has become unlicensed. We propose to delete a requirement that the MA plan or Part D plan terminate an unlicensed agent or broker and contact beneficiaries to notify them if they had been enrolled by the unlicensed agent or broker. We already require MA organizations and Part D sponsors to use only licensed agents/brokers. We have established the requirement to have a licensed agent or broker in a 2008 final rule (73 FR 54219). That burden assessment is not changing due to the proposal to remove paragraph (e) from these sections. The impact analysis for the specific provision at paragraph (e) of §§ 422.2272 and 423.2272 was established in rule-making in April 2011 (76 FR 21534). As for the impact of review and compliance activities that remain to plans after removing the narrow scope of compliance actions available to MA organizations and Part D sponsors, we do not believe this change would have a significant increase in burden or financial impact. Removing this requirement allows state Department of Insurance (DOI) requirements to take precedence in this situation. While some MA organizations and Part D sponsors may choose to make operational changes to ensure compliance, these changes are not based on this rule, but are required to meet existing requirements.
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(v) Limitations on Access to Coverage for Frequently Abused Drugs (§ 423.153(f)(3))
Concerts & Shows MENU How premiums are set Over 65 Plans In paragraph (c)(6)(ii), we propose to state as follows: “Except as provided in paragraph (c)(6)(iv) of this section, a Part D sponsor must deny, or must require its PBM to deny, a request for reimbursement from a Medicare beneficiary if the request pertains to a Part D drug that was prescribed by an individual who is identified by name in the request and who is included on the preclusion list, defined in § 423.100.” As with paragraph (c)(6)(i), this would help ensure that Part D sponsors comply with our proposed requirement that payments not be made for prescriptions written by prescribers who are on the preclusion list.
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Health Blog Coordination of Benefits Medicare Contracting We estimate that, in order to implement pharmacy or prescriber lock-in, Part D plan sponsors would have to program edits into their pharmacy claims systems so that once they restrict an at-risk beneficiaries' access to coverage for frequently abused drugs through applying pharmacy or prescriber lock-in, claims at a non-selected pharmacies or associated with prescriptions for frequently abused drugs from non-selected prescribers would be rejected. We believe that most Part D plan sponsors with Medicaid or private lines of business will have existing lock-in programs in those lines of business to pull efficiencies from. We estimate it would take a total number of 26,280 labor hours across all 219 Part D plan sponsors (31 PDP parent organizations and 188 MA-PD parent organizations) at a wage of $81.90 an hour for computer programmers to program these edits into their existing systems. Thus, the total cost to program these edits is 26,280 hours × $81.90 = $2,152,332.
This provision would result in a total savings of $19,305 to the federal government. The driver of the savings is the removal of burden for federal employees to review Quality Improvement Project (QIP) attestations. MA organizations are required to annually attest that they have an ongoing QIP in progress and the Central Office reviews these attestation submissions. To estimate amounts, we considered how many QIP attestations are performed annually.
This provision proposes an update to the electronic standards to be used by Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. This includes the proposed adoption of the NDPDP SCRIPT Standard Version 2017071, and retirement of the current NCPDP SCRIPT Version 10.6, as the official electronic prescribing standard for transmitting prescriptions and prescription-related information using electronic media for covered Part D drugs for Part D eligible individuals. These changes would become effective January 1, 2019. The NCPDP SCRIPT standards are used to exchange information between prescribers, dispensers, intermediaries and Medicare prescription drug plans.
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