Clustering refers to a variety of techniques used to partition data into distinct groups such that the observations within a group are as similar as possible to each other, and as dissimilar as possible to observations in any other group. Clustering of the measure-specific scores means that gaps that exist within the distribution of the scores are identified to create groups (clusters) that are then used to identify the four cut points resulting in the creation of five levels (one for each Star Rating), such that scores in the same Star Rating level are as similar as possible and scores in different Star Rating levels are as different as possible. Technically, the variance in measure scores is separated into within-cluster and between-cluster sum of squares components. The clusters reflect the groupings of numeric value scores that minimize the variance of scores within the clusters. The Star Ratings levels are assigned to the clusters that minimize the within-cluster sum of squares. The cut points for star assignments are derived from the range of measure scores per cluster, and the star levels associated with each cluster are determined by ordering the means of the clusters.
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A Cost plan is somewhat of a hybrid – a cross between a Medicare supplement and a Medicare Advantage plan. For some people, the benefits are the best of both worlds. Similar to an Advantage plan, a Cost plan has a network of doctors and hospitals that the insured must use. There may be some cost sharing (a copay for example) when visiting a doctor, for a hospital stay, labs, or diagnostic tests, but this cost sharing all adds up to an out-of-pocket maximum to limit the annual risk for the insured.
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Commercialization Funding ABOUT CAP Trump administration makes it easier to buy alternative to Obamacare CMS has had longstanding authority to initiate “marketing sanctions” in conjunction with enrollment sanctions as a means of protecting beneficiaries from the confusion that stems from receiving information provided by a plan that is—as a result of enrollment sanctions—unable to accept enrollments. In this rulemaking, CMS is proposing to replace the term “marketing” with “communications” in § 422.750 and 422.752 to reflect its proposal for Subpart V. The intent of this proposal to change the terminology is not to expand the scope of CMS's authority with respect to sanction regulations. Rather, CMS intends to preserve the existing reach of its sanction authority it currently has—to prohibit any communications under the current broad definition of “marketing materials” from being issued by a sponsoring organization while that entity is under sanction. For this reason, CMS is proposing the following changes to §§ 422.750 and 422.752:
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Resource List § 423.2260 Health care services that focus on the prevention of disease and health maintenance. Jump up ^ Sen. Tom Coburn and Sen. Richard Burr, "The Seniors' Choice Act," February 2012.
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Tell me about Medicare Your Ad Choices Powered by (2) Review of an at-risk determination. If, on an expedited redetermination of an at-risk determination made under a drug management program in accordance with § 423.153(f), the Part D plan sponsor reverses its at-risk determination, the Part D plan sponsor must implement the change to the at-risk determination as expeditiously as the enrollee's health condition requires, but no later than 72 hours after the date the Part D plan sponsor receives the request for redetermination.
We propose to revise § 422.310 to add a new paragraph (d)(5) to require that, for data described in paragraph (d)(1) as data equivalent to Medicare fee-for-service data (which is also known as MA encounter data), MA organizations must submit a National Provider Identifier in a Billing Provider field on each MA encounter data record, per CMS guidance.
The quality of information available to consumers is even less conducive to producing efficient choices when rebates and other price concessions are treated differently by different Part D sponsors; that is, when they are applied to the point-of-sale price to differing degrees and/or estimated and factored into plan bids with varying degrees of accuracy. First, when some sponsors include price concessions in negotiated prices while others treat them as DIR, negotiated prices no longer have a consistent meaning across the Part D program, undermining meaningful price comparisons and efficient choices by consumers. Second, if a sponsor's bid is based on an estimate of net plan liability that is understated because the sponsor has been applying price concessions as DIR at the end of the coverage year rather than using them to reduce the negotiated price at the point of sale, it follows that the sponsor may be able to submit a lower bid than a competitor that applies price concessions at the point of sale or opts for lower net cost alternatives to high cost-highly rebated drugs when available. This lower bid results in a lower plan premium that must be paid by enrollees in the plan, which could allow the sponsor to capture additional market share. The resulting competitive advantage accruing to one sponsor over another in this scenario stems only from a technical difference in how plan costs are reported to CMS. Therefore, the opportunity for differential treatment of rebates and price concessions could result in bids that are not comparable and in premiums that are not valid indicators of relative plan efficiency.
Given the foregoing, we propose the following at § 423.153(f)(12): Selection of Prescribers and Pharmacies. (i) A Part D plan sponsor must select, as applicable—(A) One, or, if the sponsor reasonably determines it necessary to provide the beneficiary with reasonable access, more than one, network prescriber who is authorized to prescribe frequently abused drugs for the beneficiary, unless the plan is a stand-alone PDP and the selection involves a prescriber(s), in which case, the prescriber need not be a network prescriber; and (B) One, or, if the sponsor reasonably determines it necessary to provide the beneficiary with reasonable access, more than one, network pharmacy that may dispense such drugs to such beneficiary.
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Please choose a state. Become An Agent Over the past several years, MA organizations, have requested an update to the tables as well as additional flexibilities around protection arrangements other than combined and separate per-patient stop-loss insurance. CMS believes that providing the flexibility to MA organizations to use actuarially equivalent arrangements is appropriate as the nature of the PIP negotiated between the MA organization and physicians or physician groups might necessitate other arrangements to properly and adequately protect physicians from substantial financial risk. Examples where actuarially equivalent modifications might be necessary, include: Global capitation arrangements that include some, but not all Parts A and B services; stop-loss policies with different coinsurances; stop-loss policies that use medical loss ratios (MLR), which generally pay specific stop-loss amounts only to the extent that the overall aggregate MLR for the physician group exceeds a certain amount; stop-loss policies for exclusively primary care physicians; and risk arrangements on a quota share basis, which occurs when less than full capitation risk is transferred from a plan to a physician or physician group. Therefore, we propose to add § 422.208(f)(3) to permit MA organizations to use other stop-loss protection arrangements; the proposal would allow actuaries to develop actuarially equivalent special insurances that are: Appropriately developed for the population and services furnished; in accordance with generally accepted actuarial principles and practices; and certified as meeting these requirements by actuaries who meet the qualification standards established by the American Academy of Actuaries and follow the practice standards established by the Actuarial Standards Board. Under this proposal, CMS would review the attestation of the actuary certifying the special insurance arrangement. We solicit comment whether these proposed standards provide sufficient flexibility to MA organizations and physicians.
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Jump up ^ Austin B. Frakt, Steven D. Pizer, and Roger Feldman. "Should Medicare Adopt the Veterans Health Administration Formulary?" Health Economics (April 19, 2011) Section 1860D-4(c)(5)(C)(i)(I) of the Act requires at-risk beneficiaries to be identified using clinical guidelines that indicate misuse or abuse of frequently abused drugs and that are developed in consultation with stakeholders. We propose to include a definition of “clinical guidelines” that cross references standards that we are proposing at § 423.153(f) for how the guidelines would be established and updated. Specifically, we propose to define clinical guidelines for purposes of a Part D drug management program as criteria to identify potential at-risk beneficiaries who may be determined to be at-risk beneficiaries under such programs, and that are developed in accordance with the proposed standards in § 423.153(f)(16) and published in guidance annually.
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Medical Policy Contact Information (i) Making an allowable onetime-per-calendar-year election; or Calendar Helping kids across Mississippi learn healthy habits while having fun! CAN SLIM Select 22. Amend § 422.206 by revising paragraph (b)(2)(i) to read as follows:
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Aside from Medicare Part C, there’s also Part A (covering hospital care), Part B (doctors’ services) and Part D (the drug benefit). You can get details on each at Medicare.gov. Grievance means any complaint or dispute, other than one that involves a coverage determination or at-risk determination, expressing dissatisfaction with any aspect of the operations, activities, or behavior of a Part D plan sponsor, regardless of whether remedial action is requested.
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