• Had a break in coverage of more than 63 consecutive days. Elias Mossialos and others, ed., International Profiles of Health Care Systems (New York: The Commonwealth Fund, 2017). ↩
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In addition to updates and additions of measures, we are proposing rules to address the removal of measures from the Star Ratings to be codified in §§ 422.164(e) and 423.184(e). In paragraph (e)(1) of each section, we propose the two circumstances under which a measure would be removed entirely from the calculation of the Star Ratings. The first circumstance would be changes in clinical guidelines that mean that the measure specifications are no longer believed to align with or promote positive health outcomes. As clinical guidelines change, we would need the flexibility to remove measures from the Star Ratings that are not consistent with current guidelines. We are proposing to announce such subregulatory removals through the Call Letter so that removals for this reason are accomplished quickly and as soon as the disconnect with positive clinical outcomes is definitively identified. We note that this proposal is consistent with our current practice. For example, previously we retired the Glaucoma Screening measure for HEDIS 2015 after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded that the clinical evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for glaucoma in adults.
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How do I switch my plan? MN Health Network Blog Kreyòl at least 1 letter The simple fact is that financing Medicare-for-all would require a dramatic shift in the federal tax structure and a substantial tax increase for almost all Americans.
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Stop Fraud Retailers Member Login or Registration We are not proposing to change the requirements that the MAO (in connection with the PIP) must provide aggregate stop-loss protection for 90 percentage of actual costs of referral services that are greater than 25 percent of potential income to all physicians and physician groups at financial risk under the PIP and that no stop-loss protection is required when the panel size of the physician or physician group is above 25,000. We are proposing three changes to update the existing regulation:
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The president is failing at central requirements of his job. To estimate the savings, we reviewed the most recent 12-month period of marketing material submissions from the Health Plan Management System, July 2016 through and including June 2017. As documented in the currently approved PRA package, we also estimates that it takes a plan 30 minutes at $69.08/hour for a business operations specialist to submit the marketing materials. To complete the savings analysis, we also must estimate the number of marketing materials that would have been submitted to and reviewed by CMS under the current regulatory marketing definition (note that while all materials that meet the regulatory definition of marketing must be submitted to CMS, not all marketing materials are prospectively reviewed by CMS). Certain marketing materials qualify for “File and Use” status, which means the material can be submitted to CMS and used 5 days after submission, without being prospectively reviewed by CMS. We estimates 90 percent of marketing materials are exempt from our prospective review because of the file and use process. Thus, we only prospectively review about 10 percent of the marketing materials submitted.
In § 422.510(a)(4)(iii), we propose to remove the word “marketing” so that the reference is to the broader Subpart V. Toggle navigation
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To estimate the potential increase in the number of enrollments and disenrollments from the new OEP, we considered the percentage of MA-enrollees who used the old OEP that was available from 2007 through 2010. For 2010, the final year the OEP existed before the MADP took effect, we found that approximately 3 percent of individuals used the OEP. While the parameters of the old OEP and new OEP differ slightly, we believe that this percentage is the best approximation to determine the burden associated with this change. In January 2017, there were approximately 18,600,000 individuals enrolled in MA plans. Using the 3 percent adjustment, we expect that 558,000 individuals (18.6 million MA beneficiaries × 0.03), would use the OEP to make an enrollment change.
If MA plans substantially expand coverage of non-medical care, the gap between the plans and original Medicare would widen, likely drawing more people into MA plans.
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Texting Terms and Conditions (2) CMS sends written notice to the individual or entity via letter of their inclusion on the preclusion list. The notice must contain the reason for the inclusion and inform the individual or entity of their appeal rights. An individual or entity may appeal their inclusion on the preclusion list, defined in § 422.2, in accordance with part 498 of this chapter.
In reviewing section 1854(h) of the Social Security Act and Medicare Advantage (MA) regulations governing plan segments, we have determined that the statute and existing regulations may be interpreted to allow MA plans to vary supplemental benefits, in addition to premium and cost sharing, by segment, as long as the benefits, premium, and cost sharing are uniform within each segment of an MA plan's service area. Plans segments are county-level portions of a plan's overall service area which, under current CMS policy, are permitted to have different premiums and cost sharing amounts as long as these premiums and cost sharing amounts are uniform throughout the segment. We are proposing to revise our interpretation of the existing statute and regulations to allow MA plan segments to vary by benefits in addition to premium and cost sharing, consistent with the MA regulatory requirements defining segments at § 422.262(c)(2).
++ Preclusion List means a CMS compiled list of prescribers who: Under 1852(e) of the Act, MA organizations are required to collect, analyze, and report data that permit measurement of health outcomes and other indices of quality. The Star Ratings System is based on information collected consistent with section 1852(e) of the Act. Section 1852(e)(3)(B) of the Act prohibits the collection of data on quality, outcomes, and beneficiary satisfaction other than the types of data that were collected by the Secretary as of November 1, 2003; there is a limited exception for SNPs to collect, analyze, and report data that permit the measurement of health outcomes and other indicia of quality. The statute does not require that only the same data be collected, but that we do not change or expand the type of data collected until after submission of a Report to Congress (prepared in consultation with MA organizations and accrediting bodies) that explains the reason for the change(s). We clarify here that the types of data included under the Star Ratings System are consistent with the types of data collected as of November 1, 2003. Since 1997, Medicare managed care organizations have been required to annually report quality of care performance measures through HEDIS. We have also been conducting the CAHPS survey since 1997 to measure beneficiaries' experiences with their health plans, and since 2007 we have been measuring experiences with drug plans with CAHPS. HOS began in 1998 to capture changes in the physical and mental health of MA enrollees. To some extent, these surveys have been revised and updated over time, but the same types of data—clinical measures, beneficiary experiences, and changes in physical and mental health, respectively—have remained the focus of these surveys. In addition, there are several measures in the Stars Ratings System that are based on performance that address telephone customer service, members' complaints, disenrollment rates, and appeals; however these additional measures are not collected directly from the sponsoring organizations for the primary purpose of quality measurement. These additional measures are calculated from information that CMS has gathered as part of the administration of the Medicare program, such as information on appeals forwarded to the Independent Review Entity under subparts M, enrollment, and compliance and enforcement actions.
In section II.A.9. of this rule, we are proposing various changes to § 423.578(a) and (c) related to the requirements for tiering exceptions criteria that Part D plan sponsors are required to establish. These changes include establishing a revised framework for treatment of tiering exception requests based on whether the requested drug is a brand name or generic drug or biological product, and where the same type of drug alternatives are located on the plan's formulary. The proposed changes also include clarification of appropriate cost-sharing assigned to approved tiering exception requests when preferred alternative drugs are on multiple lower-cost tiers. At the coverage determination level, if a plan issues a decision that is partially or fully adverse to the enrollee, it is already required to send written notice of that decision. The existing requirement to send written notice of an adverse coverage determination would Start Printed Page 56476not change under the proposed changes related to tiering exceptions. We do not expect the proposed changes to significantly impact the overall volume or the approval rate of tiering exceptions requests, which represent a consistently low percentage of total request volume.
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(B) Improvement scores less than zero would be assigned either 1 or 2 stars for the improvement Star Rating. AMedium Font
Enrollment Deadlines Otherwise, consider switching to Medicare. We intend to continue to base the types of information collected in the Part C Star Ratings on section 1852(e) of the Act, and we propose at § 422.162(c)(1) that the type of data used for Star Ratings will be data consistent with the section 1852(e) limits and data gathered from CMS administration of the MA program. In addition, we propose in § 422.162(c)(1) and in § 423.182(c)(1) to include measures that reflect structure, process, and outcome indices of quality, including Part C measures that reflect the clinical care provided, beneficiary experience, changes in physical and mental health, and benefit administration, and Part D measures that reflect beneficiary experiences and benefit administration. The measures encompass data submitted directly by MA organizations (MAOs) and Part D sponsors to CMS, surveys of MA and Part D enrollees, data collected by CMS contractors, and CMS administrative data. We also propose, primarily so that the regulation text is complete on this point, a regulatory provision at §§ 422.162(c)(2) and 423.182(c)(2) that requires MA organizations and Part D plan sponsors to submit unbiased, accurate, and complete quality data as described in paragraph(c)(1) of each section. Our authority to collect quality data is clear under the statute and existing regulations, such as section 1852(e)(3)(A) and 1860D-4(d) and §§ 422.12(b)(2) and 423.156. We propose the paragraph (c)(2) regulation text to ensure that the quality ratings system regulations include a regulation on this point for readers and to avoid confusion in the future about the authority to collect this data. In addition, it is important that the data underlying the ratings are unbiased, accurate, and complete so that the ratings themselves are reliable. This proposed regulation text would clearly establish the sponsoring organization's responsibility to submit data that can be reliably used to calculate ratings and measure plan performance.
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