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CMS has the authority under section 1857(e)(1) of the Act, incorporated for Part D by section 1860D-12(b)(3)(D) of the Act, to establish additional contract terms that CMS finds “necessary and appropriate,” as well as authority under section 1860D-11(d)(2)(B) of the Act to propose regulations imposing “reasonable minimum standards” for Part D sponsors. Using this authority we previously issued regulations to ensure that multiple plan offerings by Part D sponsors represent meaningful differences to beneficiaries with respect to benefit packages and plan cost structures. At that time, separate meaningful difference rules were concurrently adopted for MA and stand-alone PDPs. This section addresses proposed changes to our regulations pertaining strictly to meaningful Start Printed Page 56418differences in PDP plan offerings. One of the underlying principles in the establishment of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit is that both market competition and the flexibility provided to Part D sponsors in the statute would result in the offering of a broad array of cost effective prescription drug coverage options for Medicare beneficiaries. We continue to support the concept of offering a variety of prescription drug coverage choices for Medicare beneficiaries consistent with our commitment to afford beneficiaries access to the prescription drugs they need.
(ii) For the first year after a consolidation, CMS will determine the QBP status of a contract using the enrollment-weighted means (using traditional rounding rules) of what would have been the QBP Ratings of the surviving and consumed contracts based on the contract enrollment in November of the year the preliminary QBP ratings were released in the Health Plan Management System (HPMS).
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In addition, because we would be receiving only the minimum amount of data from MAOs and Part D sponsors, we expect that we would reduce the amount we pay to contractors for software development, data management, and technical support related to MLR reporting. We currently pays a contractor $300,000 each year for these services. Although we expect that MAOs and Part D sponsors would continue to use the HPMS or a similar system to submit and attest to their simplified MLR submissions, we would no longer need to maintain and update MLR reporting software with validation features, to receive certain data extract files, or to provide support for desk review functionality. We estimate, by eliminating these services, we would reduce our payments to contractors by approximately $100,000 a year.
Any difference between the rebates applied at the point of sale and those actually received would be captured as DIR through reporting at the end of the coverage year. Assume, for instance, that total gross drug costs for drugs A, B, and C equal $1.5 million, $1 million, and $200,000, respectively, in this period. The actual manufacturer rebates received, therefore, will equal $300,000, $100,000, and $10,000, respectively, for drugs A, B, and C in this period, based on the plan's expected rebate rates of 20, 10, and 5 percent, respectively, for the three drugs in this payment year. Based on the point-of-sale rebate rate calculated above for the applicable drug class and the total gross drug cost assumptions provided for the three drugs, we calculate the total point-of-Start Printed Page 56424sale rebates in this period to be $124,786.48 (8.32 percent of $1.5 million) for drug A, $83,189.66 (8.32 percent of $1 million) for drug B, and $16,637.93 (8.32 percent of $200,000) for drug C. Therefore, the manufacturer rebates applied by the plan as DIR at the end of the coverage year for the three drugs, respectively, would be $175,215.52, $16,810.34, and -$6,637.93 and total $185,387.93 across the drug class.
(5) Display the names and/or logos of co-branded network providers or pharmacies on the sponsor's member identification card, unless the names, and/or logos are related to the member selection of specific provider organizations (for example, physicians, hospitals).
Coverage Information Exchange Credit Card Providers and suppliers participating in demonstration programs. (15) Data disclosure. (i) CMS identifies each potential at-risk beneficiary to the sponsor of the prescription drug plan in which the beneficiary is enrolled.
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Medicare has been operated for a half century and, during that time, has undergone several changes. Since 1965, the program's provisions have expanded to include benefits for speech, physical, and chiropractic therapy in 1972. Medicare added the option of payments to health maintenance organizations (HMO) in the 1980s. As the years progressed, Congress expanded Medicare eligibility to younger people with permanent disabilities and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments and to those with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The association with HMOs begun in the 1980s was formalized under President Bill Clinton in 1997 as Medicare Part C (although not all Part C health plans sponsors have to be HMOs, about 75% are). In 2003, under President George W. Bush, a Medicare program for covering almost all self administered prescription drugs was passed (and went into effect in 2006) as Medicare Part D (previously and still, professionally administered drugs such as chemotherapy but even the annual flu shot are covered under Part B).
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More Plans As discussed in the Call Letter, CMS collects Part D plan formulary data based on the National Library of Medicare RxNorm concept unique identifier (RxCUI), and not at the manufacturer-specific National Drug Code (NDC) level. This process does not allow us to clearly identify whether a plan sponsor includes coverage of authorized generic NDCs or not. We believe this position is consistent with how plans currently administer their formularies. Under this regulatory proposal, a plan sponsor could not completely exclude a lower tier containing only generic and authorized generic drugs from its tiering exception procedures, but would be permitted to limit the cost sharing for a particular brand drug or biological product to the lowest tier containing the same drug type. Plans would be required to grant a tiering exception for a higher cost generic or authorized generic drug to the cost sharing associated with the lowest tier containing generic and/or authorized generic alternatives when the medical necessity criteria is met.
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In addition to having economies of scale and no need to make a profit, Medicare Extra would implement several administrative efficiencies. Providers would only need to report one set of quality measures and physicians would only need to submit one set of clinical credentials. Medicare Extra and providers would transmit claims information and payment electronically.34 Electronic health records would automatically convert clinical entries into claims information. Importantly, so-called churning between Medicaid and the individual market—in which individuals must frequently enroll and unenroll due to changes in eligibility—would be eliminated.35
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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.
While we still support in the underlying principle that LIS beneficiaries should have the ability to make an active choice, we find that plan sponsors are better able to administer benefits to beneficiaries, including coordination of Medicare and Medicaid benefits, and maximize care management and positive health outcomes, if dual and other LIS-eligible beneficiaries are held to the similar election period requirements as all other Part D-eligible beneficiaries. Therefore, we are proposing to amend § 423.38(c)(4) to make the SEP for FBDE and other subsidy-eligible individuals available only in certain circumstances. These circumstances would be considered separate and unique from one another, so there could be situations where a beneficiary could still use the SEP multiple times if he or she meets more than one of the conditions proposed as follows. Specifically, we are proposing to revise to § 423.38(c) to specify that the SEP is available only as follows:
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