How to Choose the Right Plan Given the proposed change to include expenditures for fraud reduction activities in the QIA portion of the MLR numerator, we no longer believe that it Start Printed Page 56458would be necessary or appropriate to include in incurred claims the amount of claim payments recovered through fraud reduction efforts, up to the amount of fraud reduction expenses. As noted previously, we originally included an adjustment to incurred claims for claims payments recovered through fraud reduction efforts based on the rationale that, because the recovery of paid fraudulent claims reduces the amount of incurred claims in the MLR numerator, if expenditures for fraud reduction efforts were treated solely as nonclaims and nonquality improvement activities, this could create a disincentive to engage in fraud reduction activities. The adjustments to incurred claims under current §§ 422.2420(b)(2)(ix) and 423.2420(b)(2)(viii) mitigate the potential disincentive to invest in fraud reduction activities insofar as MA organizations' and Part D sponsors' recoveries of paid fraudulent claims do not result in a reduction to incurred claims. Because this adjustment to incurred claims is only available to the extent that an MA organization or Part D sponsor recovers paid fraudulent claims, it encourages MA organizations and Part D sponsors to invest in tracking down and recouping amounts that have already been paid, rather than in preventing payment of fraudulent claims. Under our proposal, claim payments recovered through fraud reduction efforts, up to the amount of fraud reduction expenses, would no longer be included in the MLR numerator as an adjustment to incurred claims. Instead, all expenditures for fraud reduction activities would be included in the MLR numerator as QIA, even if such expenditures exceed the amount recovered through fraud reduction efforts. As a result, MA organizations and Part D sponsors will no longer have an incentive to use contract revenue to pursue recovery of paid fraudulent claims instead of investing in fraud prevention. We believe that effective fraud reduction strategies will include efforts to prevent payment of fraudulent claims, and we believe that the proposed inclusion of all fraud reduction activities as QIA in the MLR numerator will strengthen the incentive to engage in these vital activities.
Medicare has been operated for a half century and, during that time, has undergone several changes. Since 1965, the program's provisions have expanded to include benefits for speech, physical, and chiropractic therapy in 1972. Medicare added the option of payments to health maintenance organizations (HMO) in the 1980s. As the years progressed, Congress expanded Medicare eligibility to younger people with permanent disabilities and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments and to those with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The association with HMOs begun in the 1980s was formalized under President Bill Clinton in 1997 as Medicare Part C (although not all Part C health plans sponsors have to be HMOs, about 75% are). In 2003, under President George W. Bush, a Medicare program for covering almost all self administered prescription drugs was passed (and went into effect in 2006) as Medicare Part D (previously and still, professionally administered drugs such as chemotherapy but even the annual flu shot are covered under Part B).
Rural consumers may be out of luck. Much has been said about rural counties left with only one or no insurance options on the Obamacare exchanges. State insurance commissioners, insurers and others have been working hard to successfully fill those gaps. In the meantime, the real dearth of coverage may exist among Medicare Advantage insurers. According to a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 147 counties, across 14 states have no Medicare Advantage insurer this year.
(2) With respect to whom a Part D plan sponsor receives a notice upon the beneficiary's enrollment in such sponsor's plan that the beneficiary was identified as a potential at-risk beneficiary (as defined in paragraph (1) of this definition) under the prescription drug plan in which the beneficiary was most recently enrolled, such identification had not been terminated upon disenrollment, and the new plan has adopted the identification.
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Companies that run Cost plans said the program has let them provide higher-quality coverage for enrollees, particularly in rural areas. In a statement, Eagan-based Blue Cross said the plans have saved the government money while also sparing health care providers from historically low Medicare rates in Minnesota.
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MA plan changes 2017 to 2018 Contact Subrogation Some have questioned the ability of the federal government to achieve greater savings than the largest PDPs, since some of the larger plans have coverage pools comparable to Medicare's, though the evidence from the VHA is promising. Some also worry that controlling the prices of prescription drugs would reduce incentives for manufacturers to invest in R&D, though the same could be said of anything that would reduce costs.
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Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Related Issues Finish an application you In employer-based coverage, insurers have more leeway over which medications they approve, sometimes requiring that patients try a less expensive drug first. The agency will now provide Medicare Advantage plans with this tool, known as "step therapy," which it says will let these carriers negotiate prices and lower costs.
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Why choose BCBSRI? HR Storytellers: Learning From Mistakes in HR The 2018 spending bill recently passed by Congress authorized MA plans to expand coverage for items that original Medicare does not cover, most significantly including items that are not even medical in nature but are strongly related to improving patient health and well-being. Examples include groceries, transportation for medical care, the installation of home-safety equipment, and paying for home health aides to provide non-medical care.
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Your Insurance (10) Exception to beneficiary preferences. (i) If the Part D sponsor determines that the selection or change of a prescriber or pharmacy under paragraph (f)(9) of this section would contribute to prescription drug abuse or drug diversion by the at-risk beneficiary, the sponsor may change the selection without regard to the beneficiary's preferences if there is strong evidence of inappropriate action by the prescriber, pharmacy, or beneficiary.
We propose that, consistent with the timeframes discussed in proposed paragraph § 423.153(f)(7), if the Part D plan sponsor takes no additional action to identify the individual as an at-risk beneficiary within 90 days from the initial notice, the “potentially at-risk” designation and the duals' SEP limitation would expire. If the sponsor determines that the potential at-risk beneficiary is an at-risk beneficiary, the Start Printed Page 56352duals' SEP would not be available to that beneficiary until the date the beneficiary's at-risk status is terminated based on a subsequent determination, including a successful appeal, or at the end of a 12-month period calculated from the effective date the sponsor provided the beneficiary in the second notice as proposed at § 423.153(f)(6) whichever is sooner.
Most people age 65 or older are eligible for free Medicare hospital insurance (Part A) if they have worked and paid Medicare taxes long enough. You should sign up for Medicare hospital insurance (Part A) 3 months before your 65th birthday, whether or not you want to begin receiving retirement benefits.
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The discussion noted that the rulemaking process will generally be used to retire, replace or adopt a new e-prescribing standard, but it also provided for a simplified “updating process” when a non-HIPAA standard could be updated with a newer “backward-compatible” version of the adopted standard. In instances in which the user of the later version can accommodate users of the earlier version of the adopted non-HIPAA standard without modification, however, it noted that notice and comment rulemaking could be waived, in which case the use of either the new or old version of the adopted standard would be considered compliant upon the effective date of the newer version's incorporation by reference in the Federal Register. We utilized this streamlined process when we published an interim final rule with comment on June 23, 2006 (71 FR 36020). That rule recognized NCPDP SCRIPT 8.1 as a backward compatible update to the NCPDP SCRIPT 5.0 for the specified transactions, thereby allowing for use of either of the two versions in the Part D program. Then, on April 7, 2008, we used notice and comment rulemaking (73 FR 18918) to finalize the identification of the NCPDP SCRIPT 8.1 as a backward compatible update of the NCPDP SCRIPT 5.0, and, effective April 1, 2009, retire NCPDP SCRIPT 5.0 and adopt NCPDP SCRIPT 8.1 as the official Part D e-prescribing standard for the specified transactions. On July 1, 2010, CMS utilized the streamlined process to recognize NCPDP SCRIPT 10.6 as a backward compatible update of NCPDP SCRIPT 8.1 in an interim final rule (75 FR 38026).
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