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Sign up or log in Download Now → Contact Information Criteria applied Impact to Part D program PDP sponsors must offer throughout a PDP region a basic plan that consists of: Standard deductible and cost sharing amounts (or actuarial equivalents); an initial coverage limit based on a set dollar amount of claims paid on the beneficiary's behalf during the plan year; a coverage gap phase; and finally, catastrophic coverage that applies once a beneficiary's out-of-pocket expenditures for the year have reached a certain threshold. Prior to our adopting regulations requiring meaningful differences between each PDP sponsor's plan offerings in a PDP Region, our guidance allowed sponsors that offered a basic plan to offer additional basic plans in the same region, as long as they were actuarially equivalent to the basic plan structure described in the statute. These sponsors could also offer enhanced alternative plans that provide additional value to beneficiaries in the form of reduced deductibles, reduced copays, coverage of some or all drugs while the beneficiary is in the gap portion of the benefit, coverage of drugs that are specifically excluded as Part D drugs under paragraph (2)(ii) of the definition of Part D drug under § 423.100, or some combination of those features. As we have gained experience with the Part D program, we have made consistent efforts to ensure that the number and type of plan benefit packages PDP sponsors may market to beneficiaries are no more numerous than necessary to afford beneficiaries choices from among meaningfully different plan options. To that end, CMS sets differential out-of-pocket cost (OOPC) targets each year, using an analysis performed on the previous year's bid submissions, to ensure contracting organizations submit bids that clearly offer differences in value to beneficiaries. Published annually in the Call Letter, the threshold differentials are defined for a basic and enhanced plan, as well as for two enhanced plans, when offered by a parent organization in the same region. For example, in CY 2018, a basic and enhanced plan are required at minimum to provide for a $20 out-of-pocket difference, while two enhanced plans are required to have at least a $30 differential. Over the years, the thresholds have ranged from $18 to $23 between basic and enhanced plans, and from $12 to $34 between two enhanced plans. We issued regulations in 2010, at § 423.265(b)(2), that established our authority to deny bids that are not meaningfully different from other bids submitted by the same organization in the same service area. Our application of this authority has eliminated PDP sponsors' ability to offer more than one basic plan in a PDP region since all basic plan benefit packages must be actuarially equivalent to the standard benefit structure discussed in the statute, and in guidance we have also limited to two the number of enhanced alternative plans that we approve for a single PDP sponsor in a PDP region. As part of the same 2010 rulemaking, we also established at § 423.507(b)(1)(iii) our authority to terminate existing plan benefit packages that do not attract a number of enrollees sufficient to demonstrate their value in the Medicare marketplace. Both of these authorities have been effective tools in encouraging the development of a variety of plan offerings that provide meaningful choices to beneficiaries.
Oversight Activities RSS ALL b Medicare-for-All Would Be Costly for Everyone First, the Secretary determines opioids are frequently abused or diverted, because they are controlled substances, and drugs and other substances that are considered controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) are so considered precisely because they have abuse potential. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) divides controlled substances into five schedules based on whether they have a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, their relative abuse potential, and their likelihood of causing dependence when abused. Most prescription opioids are Schedule II, where the DEA places substances with a high potential for abuse with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. A few opioids are Schedule III or IV, where the DEA places substances that have a potential for abuse.
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Consistent with these actuarial values, the Center for Medicare Extra would set deductibles, copayments, and out-of-pocket limits that would vary by income. For individuals with income below 150 percent of FPL and lower-income families with incomes above that threshold, the deductible would be set at zero. Preventive care, recommended treatment for chronic disease, and generic drugs would be free.
We are proposing to revise § 423.578(c)(3) by renumbering the provision and adding a new paragraph (ii) to codify our current policy that cost sharing for an approved tiering exception request is assigned at the lowest applicable tier when preferred alternatives sit on multiple lower tiers. Under this proposal, assignment of cost sharing for an approved tiering exception must be at the most favorable cost-sharing tier containing alternative drugs, unless such alternative drugs are not applicable pursuant to limitations set forth under proposed § 423.578(a)(6). We are also proposing to delete similar language from existing (c)(3) that proposed new paragraph (c)(3)(ii) would replace.
The proposal has gained steam among some Democrats, but one health official said that such a plan would “run the risk of depriving seniors of the coverage” they have.
The SGR was the subject of possible reform legislation again in 2014. On March 14, 2014, the United States House of Representatives passed the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4015; 113th Congress), a bill that would have replaced the (SGR) formula with new systems for establishing those payment rates. However, the bill would pay for these changes by delaying the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate requirement, a proposal that was very unpopular with Democrats. The SGR was expected to cause Medicare reimbursement cuts of 24 percent on April 1, 2014, if a solution to reform or delay the SGR was not found. This led to another bill, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (H.R. 4302; 113th Congress), which would delay those cuts until March 2015. This bill was also controversial. The American Medical Association and other medical groups opposed it, asking Congress to provide a permanent solution instead of just another delay.
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We believe the proposed changes will result in a reduction of burden to Part D plan sponsors since they will have additional time to adjudicate requests for payment. We also expect a reduction in burden for the independent review entity (IRE) since the additional time for Part D plan sponsors to process these requests will result in fewer untimely payment redeterminations that must be auto-forwarded to the IRE. Based on recent program data, about 2,000 retrospective payment redetermination cases are auto-forwarded to the Part D IRE each plan year. If the proposed 14-day timeframe for payment redeterminations is implemented, we estimate that about 75 percent of the payment redetermination cases that are currently auto-forwarded to the Part D IRE due to the plan not being able to meet the adjudication timeframe will not be auto-forwarded under the 14 day timeframe; the longer timeframe will afford Part D plan sponsors an additional 7 days to process a payment request, including obtaining necessary supporting documentation, and to notify the enrollee of its decision. As a result, overall plan sponsor burden will be reduced by not having to auto-forward about 1,500 payment redetermination cases to the Part D IRE in a given plan year and the Part D IRE's workload will be reduced by the same number of cases. We estimate that it takes Part D plan sponsors an average of 15 minutes (0.25 hours) to assemble and forward a case file to the IRE, for an estimated savings of 375 hours (1500 cases × 0.25 hours). Using an adjusted hourly wage of $34.66 based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 Web site for occupation code 43-9199, “All other office and administrative support workers,” (based on a mean hourly salary of $17.33, which when multiplied by a factor of two to include overhead, and fringe benefits, resulting in $34.66 an hour) the total estimated savings to plans is $12,998 (375 hours × $34.66). Since the proposed changes involve requests for payment where the enrollee has already received the drug, we do not believe the proposed changes will impose undue burden on enrollees.
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The calculated error rate formula (Equation 1) for the Part C measures is proposed to be determined by the quotient of the number of cases not forwarded to the IRE and the total number of cases that should have been forwarded to the IRE. The number of cases that should have been forwarded to the IRE is the sum of the number of cases in the IRE during TMP or audit data collection period and the number of cases not forwarded to the IRE during the same period.
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We do not anticipate that our proposal to modify the regulations at §§ 422.2430 and 423.2430 to specify that Medication Therapy Management (MTM) programs that comply with § 423.153(d) are quality improvement activities (QIA) will significantly reduce stakeholder burden. As explained in section II.C.1.b.(2). of this proposed rule, we stated in the May 23, 2013 final rule (78 FR 31294) that MTM activities qualify as QIA, provided they meet the requirements set forth in §§ 422.2430 and 423.2430. We expect that most if not all MTM programs that comply with § 423.153(d) would already satisfy the QIA requirements set forth in current §§ 422.2430 and 423.2430. Therefore, we do not anticipate that the proposal to explicitly include MTM programs in QIA will have a significant impact on burden.
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There have been a number of criticisms of the premium support model. Some have raised concern about risk selection, where insurers find ways to avoid covering people expected to have high health care costs. Premium support proposals, such as the 2011 plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R–Wis.), have aimed to avoid risk selection by including protection language mandating that plans participating in such coverage must provide insurance to all beneficiaries and are not able to avoid covering higher risk beneficiaries. Some critics are concerned that the Medicare population, which has particularly high rates of cognitive impairment and dementia, would have a hard time choosing between competing health plans. Robert Moffit, a senior fellow of The Heritage Foundation responded to this concern, stating that while there may be research indicating that individuals have difficulty making the correct choice of health care plan, there is no evidence to show that government officials can make better choices. Henry Aaron, one of the original proponents of premium supports, has recently argued that the idea should not be implemented, given that Medicare Advantage plans have not successfully contained costs more effectively than traditional Medicare and because the political climate is hostile to the kinds of regulations that would be needed to make the idea workable.
Since the statute explicitly allows the beneficiary to submit preferences, we interpret the additional reference to beneficiary preference in the context of reasonable access to mean that a beneficiary allowable preference should prevail over a sponsor's evaluation of geographic location, the beneficiary's predominant usage of a prescriber and/or pharmacy impact on cost-sharing and reasonable travel time. In the absence of a beneficiary preference for pharmacy and/or prescriber, however, a Part D plan sponsor must take into account geographic location, the beneficiary's predominant usage of a prescriber and/or pharmacy, impact on cost-sharing and reasonable time travel in selecting a pharmacy and/or prescriber, as applicable, from which the at-risk beneficiary will have to obtain frequently abused drugs under the plan. Thus, absent a beneficiary's allowable preference, or the beneficiary's selection would contribute to prescription drug abuse or drug diversion, the sponsor must ensure reasonable access by choosing the network pharmacy or prescriber that the beneficiary uses most frequently to obtain frequently abused drugs, unless the plan is a stand-alone PDP and the selection involves a prescriber(s). In the latter case, the prescriber will not be a network provider, because such plans do not have provider networks. In urgent circumstances, we propose that reasonable access means the sponsor must have reasonable policies and procedures in place to ensure beneficiary access to coverage of frequently abused drugs without a delay that may seriously jeopardize the life or health of the beneficiary or the beneficiary's ability to regain maximum function.
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We do not believe that other substantive requirements set forth in the PIP regulation, such as the determination of substantial financial risk based on a risk threshold of 25 percent of potential payments (see § 422.208(d)(2)), need to be updated regularly or have been rendered obsolete in the years since the regulation was initially adopted. Although we are not proposing a change to the determination of “substantial financial risk,” we appreciate that the regulatory standard (25% of potential payments) in § 422.208(d)(2) was adopted many years ago. Therefore, we seek comment on whether the definitions of “substantial financial risk” and “risk threshold” contained in the current regulation should be revisited, including whether the current identification of 25 percent of potential payments codified in paragraph (d)(2) remains appropriate as the standard in light of changes in medical cost.
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We note that prior to the submission of the attestation, and more specifically, prior to the PDE submission deadline for the initial reconciliation for a contract year, if a Part D sponsor discovers an issue with the average rebate amount included in the negotiated price and reported on the PDE, all affected PDEs would need to be adjusted or deleted in accordance with applicable CMS guidance. As of the publication of this request for information, the applicable guidance is October 6, 2011 CMS memorandum, Revision to Previous Guidance Titled “Timely Submission of Prescription Drug Event (PDE) Records and Resolution of Rejected PDEs.”
We would interpret these provisions to mean that a sponsor would be required to select more than one prescriber of frequently abused drugs, if more than one prescriber has asserted Start Printed Page 56357during case management that multiple prescribers of frequently abused drugs are medically necessary for the at-risk beneficiary. We further propose that if no prescribers of frequently abused drugs were responsive during case management, and the beneficiary does not submit preferences, the sponsor would be required to select the pharmacy or prescriber that the beneficiary predominantly uses to obtain frequently abused drugs.
Because case management is very resource intensive for sponsors and PBMs, we have limited the scope of the current policy in terms of the number of beneficiaries identified by OMS, and when expanding that number, we have made changes incrementally through annual Parts C&D Call Letter process.
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§ 460.50 Julie's Story CMS is proposing to narrow the definition of “marketing materials” under §§ 422.2260 and 423.2260 to only include materials and activities that aim to influence enrollment decisions. CMS believes the proposed definitions appropriately safeguard potential and current MA/PDP enrollees from inappropriate steering of beneficiary choice, while not including materials Start Printed Page 56486that pose little risk to current or potential enrollees and are not traditionally considered “marketing.” The proposed change would add text to §§ 422.2260 and 423.2260 and provide a narrower definition than is currently provided for “marketing materials.” Consequently, this definition decreases the number of marketing materials that must be reviewed by CMS before use. Additionally, the proposal would more specifically outline the materials that are and are not considered marketing materials.
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Furthermore, § 417.484(b)(3) requires that the contract must provide that the HMO or CMP agrees to require all related entities to agree that “All providers or suppliers that are types of individuals or entities that can enroll in Medicare in accordance with section 1861 of the Act, are enrolled in Medicare in an approved status.” We accordingly propose the following revisions:
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To derive average costs, we used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS') May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for all salary estimates (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm). In this regard, the following table presents the mean hourly wage, the cost of fringe benefits and overhead (calculated at 100 percent of salary), and the adjusted hourly wage.
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