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Individuals and entities that were revoked from Medicare or, for unenrolled individuals and entities, had engaged in conduct that could serve as a basis for an applicable revocation prior to the effective date of this rule (if finalized) could, if the requirements of § 422.222(a) are met, be added to the preclusion list upon said effective date even though the underlying action (for instance, felony conviction) occurred prior to that date. The proposed payment denials under § 422.222(a), however, would only apply to health care items or services furnished on or after the date the individual or entity was added to the preclusion list; that is, payment denials would not be made retroactive to the date of the revocation or, for unenrolled individuals and entities, the conduct that could serve as a basis for an applicable revocation occurring before the effective date of the final rule. Likewise, health care items and services furnished by individuals and entities revoked from Medicare or engaging in conduct that could serve as a basis for an applicable revocation after the rule's effective date and that are subsequently added to the preclusion list would not be subject to retroactive payment denials under § 422.222(a); only the date on which the affected individual or entity is added to the preclusion list would be used to determine payment and the start date of payment denials under this proposal. We believe that this approach is the most consistent with principles of due process.
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Pro While the first two exceptions are required under CARA, we propose to exercise the authority in section 1860D-4(c)(5)(C)(ii)(III) of the Act to treat a beneficiary who has a cancer diagnosis as an exempted individual for two reasons. First, many commenters recommended that the Secretary exempt beneficiaries who have a cancer diagnosis, because a Part D drug management program should not be able to interfere administratively with their pain control regimen in the form of additional notices from their prescription drug benefit plans and limitations on their access to coverage for frequently abused drugs. We agree with these commenters. Second, exempting beneficiaries with a cancer diagnosis would be consistent with current policy. Under the current policy, which has been developed through stakeholder feedback, beneficiaries with cancer are excluded because the benefit of their opioid use may outweigh the risk associated with their opioid use. Also, as noted previously, some commenters requested that implementation of the drug management program provisions of CARA be as consistent as possible with the current policy for operational ease. We also agree with these commenters.
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We are proposing technical changes to the General Requirements, MLR review and non-compliance, and Release of MLR data provisions at §§ 422.2410, 422.2480, 422.2490, 423.2410, 423.2480, and 423.2490. These changes are being proposed in conformity with the more substantive regulatory text changes being proposed herein. These proposed technical changes do not establish any new rules or requirements for MA organizations or Part D sponsors. The proposed technical changes revise references to MLR reports in conformity with our proposal to scale back Medicare MLR reporting so that we only require the submission of a limited number of data points, as opposed to a full report.
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Currently, MA plans are required to notify enrollees upon forwarding cases to the IRE, as set forth at § 422.590(f). CMS sub-regulatory guidance, set forth in Chapter 13 of the Medicare Managed Care Manual, specifically directs plans to mail a notice to the enrollee informing the individual that the plan has upheld its decision to deny coverage, in whole or in part, and thus is forwarding the enrollee's case file to the IRE for review. We have made a model notice available for plans to use for this purpose. (See Medicare Managed Care Manual, Chapter 13, § 10.3.3, 80.3, and Appendix 10.) In addition, the Part C IRE is required, under its contract with CMS, to notify the enrollee when the IRE receives the reconsidered decision for review. We are proposing to revise § 422.590 to remove paragraph (f) and redesignate the existing paragraphs (g) and (h) as (f) and (g), respectively. The Part C IRE is contractually responsible for notifying an enrollee that the IRE has received and will be reviewing the enrollee's case; thus, we believe the plan notice is duplicative and nonessential. Under this proposal, the IRE would be responsible for notifying enrollees upon forwarding all cases—including both standard and expedited cases. We will continue to closely monitor the performance of the IRE and beneficiary complaints related to timely and appropriate notification that the IRE has received and will be reviewing the enrollee's case.
opens in a new window Advertising Guidelines We would balance these criteria as part of our decision making process so that each new measure proposed for addition to the Star Ratings meets each criteria in some fashion or to some extent. We intend to apply these criteria to identify and adopt new measures for the Star Ratings, which will be done through future rulemaking that includes explanations for how and why we propose to add new measures. When we identify a measure that meets these criteria, we propose to follow the process in our proposed paragraphs (c)(2) through (4) of §§ 422.164 and 423.184. We would initially solicit feedback on any potential new measures through the Call Letter.
Specialty tier means a formulary cost-sharing tier dedicated to very high cost Part D drugs and biological products that exceed a cost threshold established by the Secretary. We note that, while the proposed definition of specialty tier does not refer to “unique” drugs as existing § 423.578(a)(7) does, we do not intend to change the criteria for the specialty tier, which has always been based on the drug cost. This proposal would retain the current regulatory provision that permits Part D plan sponsors to disallow tiering exceptions for any drug that is on the plan's specialty tier. This policy is currently codified at § 423.578(a)(7), which would be revised and redesignated as § 423.578(a)(6)(iii). We believe that retaining the existing policy limiting the availability of tiering exceptions for drugs on the specialty tier is important because of the beneficiary protection that limits cost-sharing for the specialty tier to 25 percent coinsurance (up to 33 percent for plans that have a reduced or $0 Part D deductible), ensuring that these very high cost drugs remain accessible to enrollees at cost sharing equivalent to the defined standard benefit.
Solar Pathways The process we envision and propose would, similar to the proposed Part D process, consist of the following components: coverage works? In our first Blue HowTo video, we explain
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Health Tools In addition, we propose in §§ 422.164(g)(2) and 423.184(g)(2) to authorize reductions in a Star Rating for a measure when there are other data accuracy concerns (that is, those not specified in paragraph (g)(1)). We propose an example in paragraph (g)(2) of another circumstance where CMS would be authorized to reduce ratings based on a determination that performance data are incomplete, inaccurate, or biased. We also propose this other situation would result in a reduction of the measure rating to 1 star.
We are interested in public comment on whether requiring the negotiated price at the point of sale to reflect the lowest possible pharmacy reimbursement would effectively address recent developments in industry practices, that is, the growing prevalence of performance-based pharmacy payment arrangements, and ensure that all pharmacy price concessions are included in the negotiated price, and thus shared with beneficiaries, in a consistent manner by all Part D sponsors. By requiring that sponsors assume the lowest possible pharmacy performance when reporting the negotiated price, we would be prescribing a standardized way for Part D sponsors to treat the unknown (final pharmacy performance) at the point of sale under a performance-based payment arrangement, which many Part D sponsors and PBMs have identified as the most substantial operational barrier to including such concessions at the point of sale. We are also interested in public comment on whether requiring the negotiated price to be the lowest possible pharmacy reimbursement would serve to maximize the cost-sharing savings accruing to beneficiaries by passing through all potential pharmacy price concessions at the point of sale.
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There are Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs) that apply when you are able to delay your enrollment in Medicare Parts A, B, C & D. These SEPs are only available for certain circumstances. These changes and increased complexities, and more than a decade of program experience, lead us to believe that our current regulations are no longer sufficient to ensure that tiering exceptions are understood by beneficiaries and adjudicated by plan sponsors in the manner the statute contemplates. For this reason, we propose to amend §§ 423.560, 423.578(a) and 423.578(c) to revise and clarify requirements for how tiering exceptions are to be adjudicated and effectuated.
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Drug Category or Class: We are considering requiring that the manufacturer rebate amount applied to the point-of-sale price for a covered drug be based on the plan's average rebate amount calculated for the rebated drugs in the same category or class. We are considering requiring sponsors to determine the average rebate amount at the therapeutic category or class level, rather than a drug-specific rebate amount, in order to maintain the confidentiality of any manufacturer-sponsor/PBM pricing relationship with respect to an individual drug. Given that rebate rates are typically negotiated at the individual drug level, we believe that the drug category/class-average approach we are considering would help maintain fair competition among drug manufacturers, as well as Part D sponsors, by preventing competitors from reverse engineering the particulars of any proprietary pricing arrangement. This approach would also increase price transparency over the status quo, especially at the drug category or class level, and improve market competition and efficiency under Part D as a result. In addition to feedback on this general approach and our rationale for it, we are seeking comment, in particular, on the drug classification system that Part D sponsors should be required to use to calculate their drug category/class-level average rebate amounts and why that system would be most appropriate for use in such a point-of-sale rebate policy. We also are seeking comment on the effect of calculating average rebates at the drug category/class level on competition and, in turn, on the total rebate dollars received.
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Revise newly designated §§ 422.2460(a) and 423.2460(a) by adding “from 2014 through 2017” after the phrase “For each contract year” in the first sentence to limit the more detailed MLR reporting requirement to that period, making minor grammatical changes to clarify the text, and by adding “under this part” to modify the phrase “for each contract”.
—Notice posted online for current and prospective enrollees; We do not believe the proposed change will adversely impact health plan enrollees. The notice we are proposing to eliminate is duplicative and enrollees will be notified by the IRE that their case was received by the IRE for review.
CMS affords MA plans that adopt a lower, voluntary MOOP limit greater flexibility in establishing Parts A and B cost sharing than is available to plans that adopt the higher, mandatory MOOP limit. As discussed in section III.A.5, CMS intends to continue to establish more than one set of Parts A and B service cost sharing thresholds for plans choosing to offer benefit designs with either a lower, voluntary MOOP limit or the higher, mandatory MOOP limit set under §§ 422.100(f)(4) and (5) and 422.101(d)(2) and (3). Medicare FFS data currently represents the most relevant and available data at this time and is used to evaluate cost sharing for specific services as well in applying the standard currently at § 422.100(f)(6) and in considering CMS's authority to add (by regulation) categories of services for which cost sharing may not exceed levels in Medicare FFS.
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