TOPICS To implement the changes required by the Cures Act, we propose the following revisions: Central New York Southern Tier Region: 5:43 PM ET Sun, 8 July 2018 (a) Provide to Medicare beneficiaries interested in enrolling, adequate written description of rules (including any limitations on the providers from whom services can be obtained), procedures, basic benefits and services, and fees and other charges in a format (and, where appropriate, print size) and using standard terminology that may be specified by CMS. The Broker and Employer login process has changed. Please review the options below. If your health requires a quick response, you should ask us to make a "fast coverage decision." You, your doctor, or your representative can make the request for medical care. We’ll provide a response for a fast coverage decision within 72 hours. A response for a standard request for care or services can take up to 14 calendar days. A response for a request for payment can take up to 30 days. If we say no to your request for coverage for medical care or payment, you may seek an appeal. (See "How do I make an appeal?") For additional details, refer to Chapter 9 in your Evidence of Coverage. (vi) CMS has the discretion not to include a particular individual on (or if warranted, remove the individual from) the preclusion list should it determine that exceptional circumstances exist regarding beneficiary access to prescriptions. In making a determination as to whether such circumstances exist, CMS takes into account— (A) The second notice; or Copyright © 2018, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. All rights reserved. Person with Medicare Given the foregoing, we propose to add the following: § 423.153(f)(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. (ii) If the sponsor changes the selection, the sponsor must provide the beneficiary with (A) At least 30 days advance written notice of the change; and (B) A rationale for the change. Staff & Fellows Explore CoverageWhat Are My Options? Low Income Subsidy for Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Member Services Quick Links: You must live in the service area of the plan you select. Constituent 6.138% 6.134% loan - 10 years $50,000 Learn where and how to report suspected Medicare fraud, errors, or abuse. Toolkits Meeker Customer Service (800) 393-6130 Change from Medicare Parts A & B (Original Medicare) to a Part C (private Medicare Advantage) plan Once such enrollees are identified through retrospective prescription drug claims review, we expect the Part D plan sponsors to diligently assess each case, and if warranted, have their clinical staff conduct case management with the beneficiary's opioid prescribers until the case is resolved. According to the supplemental guidance,[5] case management entails: If you qualify for Part A, you can also get Part B. Enrolling in Medicare is your choice. But, you’ll need both Part A and Part B to get the full benefits available under Medicare to cover certain dialysis and kidney transplant services. You're covered by a group health plan through the employer or union based on that work. j. Improvement Measures The general notice requirements and burden are currently approved by OMB under control number 0938-0964 (CMS-10141). Since this rule would not impose any new or revised requirements/burden, we are not making any changes to that control number.

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Start Printed Page 56463 My Preferences We are proposing to allow the electronic delivery of certain information normally provided in hard copy documents such as the Evidence of Coverage (EOC). Additionally, we are proposing to change the timeframe for delivery of the EOC in particular to the first day of the Annual Election Period (AEP) rather than fifteen days prior to that date. Allowing plans to provide the EOC electronically would alleviate plan burden related to printing and mailing, and simultaneously would reduce the number of paper documents that beneficiaries receive from plans. This would allow beneficiaries to focus on materials, like the Annual Notice of Change (ANOC), that drive decision making. Changing the date by which plans must provide the EOC to members would allow plans more time to finalize the formatting and ensure the accuracy of the information, as well as further distance it from the ANOC, which must still be delivered 15 days prior to the AEP. We see this proposed change as an overall reduction of impact that our regulations have on plans and beneficiaries. In aggregate, we estimate a savings (to plans for not producing Start Printed Page 56340and mailing hard-copy EOCs) of approximately $51 million. 16. Expedited Substitutions of Certain Generics and Other Midyear Formulary Changes (§§ 423.100, 423.120, and 423.128) Medicare Primer Congressional Research Service and mail in your donation. COURTS 800-232-4967 medicareresources.org Editor We believe the net effects of the proposed changes would reduce the burden to MA organizations and Part D Sponsors by reducing the number of materials required to be submitted to CMS for review. Finally, we propose a technical correction to a citation in § 422.60(g), which discusses situations involving an immediate termination of an MA plan as provided in § 422.510(a)(5). This citation is outdated, as the regulatory language at § 422.510(a)(5) has been moved to § 422.510(b)(2)(i)(B). We propose to replace the current citation with a reference to § 422.510(b)(2)(i)(B). Removiendo la Mayor Barrera al Cuido Necesario: Iniciativa de Abógacia & Educacion para la “Regal de Mejoría” Forgot your User ID or Password? Mental health & substance use disorders We hosted a Listening Session on the CARA drug management program provisions via a public conference call on November 14, 2016 that was announced in the October 26, 2016 Federal Register (81 FR 74388). We sought stakeholder input on specific topics enumerated in sections 704(a)(1) and 704(g)(2)(B) of the CARA and other related topics of concern to the stakeholders. DISABILITY The agency wants more of these organizations to share the risk if their spending per patient exceeds their targets. Currently, ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings Program have up to six years before they must take on risk. The agency wants to reduce that to two years. How to Avoid Paying More for Prescription Drug Coverage Similar to our approach with Part D and for the same reason, the individuals and entities to be reviewed would be those that— according to CMS' internal systems MA organization data, state board information, and other relevant data for individuals and entities who are or who could become eligible to furnish health care services or items. To avoid confusion, we refer to such parties in our proposed Part C preclusion list provisions as “individuals” and “entities” rather than “providers” and “suppliers.” This is because the latter two terms could convey the impression that the party in question must be actively furnishing health care services or items to be included on the preclusion list. January 2017 39.  The following states were divided into multiple market areas: CA, FL, NY, OH, and TX. Timing: We are considering requiring Part D sponsors to recalculate the applicable average rebate amount every month, quarter, year, or another time period to be specified in future rulemaking, in order to ensure that the average reflects current cost experience and manufacturer rebate information. We believe that a requirement to recalculate the average rebate amount should balance the need to sustain a level of price transparency throughout the entire year with the additional burden on sponsors associated with more frequent updates. We are seeking comment on how often the applicable cost-weighted drug category/class-average rebate amount, and thus the point-of-sale rebate for any drug, should be recalculated. Dental services Preventive Care > Social Security offers you a quick online application for Medicare that can be completed in fewer than ten minutes. You do not have to be receiving income benefits to get Medicare. Just visit the social security website at www.ssa.gov and follow the links about applying for Medicare. Highly-rated contract means a contract that has 4 or more stars for its highest rating when calculated without the improvement measures and with all applicable adjustments (CAI and the reward factor). IPO Leaders Hospital insurance (Part A) helps pay for inpatient care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (following a hospital stay), some home health care, and hospice care. Among Exchange-Participating Insurers Maximum Individual Market In the 2013 Part C and D Star Ratings, we implemented the Part C and D improvement measures (CY2013 Rate Announcement, https://www.cms.gov/​Medicare/​Health-Plans/​MedicareAdvtgSpecRateStats/​Downloads/​Announcement2013.pdf). The improvement measures address the overall improvement or decline in individual measure scores from the prior to the current year. We propose to continue the current methodology detailed in the Technical Notes for calculating the improvement measures and to codify it at §§ 422.164(f) and 423.184(f). For a measure to be included in the improvement calculation, the measure must have numeric value scores in both the current and prior year and not have had a substantive specification change during those years. In addition, the improvement measure will not include any data on measures that are already focused on improvement (for example, HOS measures focused on improving or maintaining physical or mental health). The Part C improvement measure includes only Part C measure scores, and the Part D improvement measure includes only Part D measure scores. All measures meeting these criteria would be included in the improvement measures under our proposal at paragraph (f)(1)(i) through (iv) of §§ 422.164 and 423.184. Talk to a Licensed Insurance Agent Family health history Attend a Seminar› As described earlier, under the current policy, Part D sponsors may implement a beneficiary-specific opioid POS claim edit to prevent continued overutilization of opioids, with prescriber agreement or in the case of an unresponsive prescriber during case management. If a sponsor implements a POS claim edit, the sponsor thereafter does not cover opioids for the beneficiary in excess of the edit, absent a subsequent determination, including a successful appeal. If you don't have an employer or union group health insurance plan, or that plan is secondary to Medicare, it is extremely important to sign up for Medicare Part B during your initial enrollment period. Note that COBRA coverage does not count as a health insurance plan for Medicare purposes. For details, click here. Neither does retiree coverage or VA benefits.  Just because you have some type of health insurance doesn't mean you don't have to sign up for Medicare Part B.  The health insurance must be from an employer where you actively work, and even then, if the employer has fewer than 20 employees, you will likely have to sign up for Part B. 11. Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Program Quality Rating System Extras for Members Many individuals who are on the brink of a major Medicare decision still do not understand the program. Find a Doctor - Now Better & Easier to Use Join Today, Save 25% JOIN NOW Marketplace Availability Benefits Your wellness programs Cancer Enter your member ID to find the closest match to your existing plan: Managing Conditions Toggle Sub-Pages Premium taxes and regulatory surcharge Licensed Insurance Agents Learn about our 2018 plans > (N) The reduction is identified by the highest threshold that a contract's lower bound exceeds. Find a pharmacy Chat Offline Employee choice Want to get more from your insurance benefits? These 6 tips will get you started. —Notice to other entities. oma redirect LOGIN Aug 29 Submitting 2019 Rates*  Statewide Average Individual Market Rate Change** Minimum Individual Market Review Benefits Recommendations to minimize the information collection burden on the affected public, including automated collection techniques. Given that most commenters recommended a 12-month period and such a period is common in Medicaid “lock-in” program, we propose a maximum 12-month period for both a lock-in period, and also for the duration of a beneficiary-specific POS claim edit for frequently abused drugs through the addition of the following language at § 423.153(f)(14): Termination of Identification as an At-Risk Beneficiary. The identification of an at-risk beneficiary as such shall terminate as of the earlier of the following— Washington - WA Feature image for If you were automatically enrolled in both Part A & Part B and sent a Medicare card, follow the instructions that come with the card and send the card back. If you keep the card, you keep Part B and will pay Part B premiums. Rules and policies Find long-term care hospitals Credentialing and Contracting People with disabilities who receive SSDI are eligible for Medicare while they continue to receive SSDI payments; they lose eligibility for Medicare based on disability if they stop receiving SSDI. The 24-month exclusion means that people who become disabled must wait two years before receiving government medical insurance, unless they have one of the listed diseases. The 24-month period is measured from the date that an individual is determined to be eligible for SSDI payments, not necessarily when the first payment is actually received. Many new SSDI recipients receive "back" disability pay, covering a period that usually begins six months from the start of disability and ending with the first monthly SSDI payment. For the reasons explained in connection with our proposal to revise the Part C sanction regulations, we also propose the following changes: Credentialing and Contracting Start Saving Medicare Savings Programs: Care at Home Connect With Investopedia § 423.32 The Public Entity Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Feasibility Study Loan Program Looking for ways to plan ahead for your care? We can help with that. LiveWell Nebraska Current issues in Medicare & health care, and your questions answered live. Next we’ll look at HOW to apply for Medicare online. Home & Pets (a) Activity requirements. 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