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Prescription drug plans Some stakeholders commented that sponsors should be allowed to expedite the second notice in cases of egregious and potentially dangerous overutilization or in cases involving an active criminal investigation when allowed by a court. However, given the importance of a beneficiary having advance notice of a pending limit on his or her access to coverage for frequently abused drugs and sufficient time to respond and/or prepare, we believe exceptions to the timing of the notices should be very narrow. Therefore, we have only included a proposal for an exception to shorten the 30 day timeframe between the initial and second notice that is based on a beneficiary's status as an at-risk beneficiary in an immediately preceding plan. We note that is a status the drug management provisions of CARA explicitly requires to be shared with the next plan sponsor, if a beneficiary changes plans, which means there would be a concrete data point for this proposed exception to the timing of the notices. We discuss such sharing of information later in the preamble.
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May 25, 2018 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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Section 1860D-4(c)(5)(D) of the Act provides that, if a sponsor intends to impose, or imposes, a limit on a beneficiary's access to coverage of frequently abused drugs to selected pharmacy(ies) or prescriber(s), and the potential at-risk beneficiary or at-risk beneficiary submits preferences for a pharmacy(ies) or prescriber(s), the sponsor must select the pharmacy(ies) and prescriber(s) for the beneficiary based on such preferences, unless an exception applies, which we will address later in the preamble. We further propose that such pharmacy(ies) or prescriber(s) must be in-network, except if the at-risk beneficiary's plan is a stand-alone prescription drug benefit plan and the beneficiary's preference involves a prescriber. Because stand-alone Part D plans (PDPs) do not have provider networks, and thus no prescriber would be in-network, the plan sponsor must generally select the prescriber that the beneficiary prefers, unless an exception applies. We discuss exceptions in the next section of this preamble. In our view, it is essential that an at-risk beneficiary must generally select in-network pharmacies and prescribers so that the plan is in the best possible position to coordinate the beneficiary's care going forward in light of the demonstrated concerns with the beneficiary's utilization of frequently abused drugs.
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Why Work at CareFirst Advanced Health Tools Moreover, while not accounted for when modeling these impacts, we seek comment on whether requiring that all pharmacy price concessions be included in the negotiated price, as we have described, would also lead to prices and Part D bids and premiums being more accurately comparable and reflective of relative plan efficiencies, with no unfair competitive advantage accruing to one sponsor over another based on a technical difference in how costs are reported. We are further interested in comments on whether this outcome could make the Part D market more competitive and efficient.
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Most Medicare Part B enrollees pay an insurance premium for this coverage; the standard Part B premium for 2013 through 2015 was $104.90 – $335.70 per month. The premium increased to over $120 a month in 2016 but only for those not on Social Security in 2015. A new income-based premium surtax schema has been in effect since 2007, wherein Part B premiums are higher for beneficiaries with incomes exceeding $85,000 for individuals or $170,000 for married couples. Depending on the extent to which beneficiary earnings exceed the base income, these higher Part B premiums are $139.90, $199.80, $259.70, or $319.70 for 2012, with the highest premium paid by individuals earning more than $214,000, or married couples earning more than $428,000.
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(f) Improvement measure. CMS will calculate improvement measure scores based on a comparison of the measure scores for the current year to the immediately preceding year as provided in this paragraph; the improvement measure score would be calculated for Parts C and D separately by taking a weighted sum of net improvement divided by the weighted sum of the number of eligible measures.
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As discussed in section III.A.11 of this proposed rule, we are also proposing to revise § 423.38(c)(4) to make the SEP for FBDE or other subsidy-eligible individuals available only in certain circumstances. As further explained in section III.A.11, we also are proposing to establish a new SEP at § 423.38(c)(9) to permit any beneficiary to make an enrollment change when he or she has a gain, loss, or change in Medicaid or LIS eligibility.
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Star Ratings and data reporting are at the contract level for most measures. Currently, data for measures are collected at the contract level including data from all PBPs under the contract, except for the following Special Needs Plan (SNP)-specific measures which are collected at the PBP level: Care for Older Adults—Medication Review, Care for Older Adults—Functional Status Assessment, and Care for Older Adults—Pain Assessment. The SNP-specific measures are rolled up to the contract level by using an enrollment-weighted mean of the SNP PBP scores. Subject to the discussion later in this section about the feasibility and burden of collecting data at the PBP (plan) level and the reliability of ratings at the plan level, we propose to continue the practice of calculating the Star Ratings at the contract level and all PBPs under the contract would have the same overall and/or summary ratings.
(13) Confirmation of selections(s). (i) Before selecting a prescriber or pharmacy under this paragraph, a Part D plan sponsor must notify the prescriber or pharmacy, as applicable, that the beneficiary has been identified for inclusion in the drug management program for at-risk beneficiaries and that the prescriber or pharmacy or both is (are) being selected as the beneficiary's designated prescriber or pharmacy or both for frequently abused drugs.
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LEARNING CENTER Notice: العَرَبِيَّة Packaging The clustering method would be applied to all Star Ratings measures, except for the CAHPS measures. For each individual measure, we would determine the measure cut points using all measure scores for all contracts required to report that do not have missing, flagged as biased, or erroneous data. For the Part D measures, we propose to determine MA-PD and PDP cut points separately. The scores would Start Printed Page 56398be grouped such that scores within the same rating (that is 1 star, 2 stars, etc.) are as similar as possible, and scores in different ratings are as different as possible. The hierarchical clustering algorithm and the associated tree and cluster assignments using SAS (a statistical software package) are currently used to determine the cut points for the assignment of the measure-level Star Ratings. We intend to continue use of this software under this proposal, but improvements in statistical analysis will not result in rulemaking or changes in these proposed rules. Rather, we believe that the software used to apply the clustering methodology is generally irrelevant.
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