In the case of a drug with less time on the market than the time period for which cost data would be required under this weighting approach or of a plan that has not been active in the Part D program for the time period required under the weighting approach, we are considering requiring that the drug's rebate amount be weighted by a sponsor's projection of total gross drug costs for the plan that takes into account any plan-specific cost experience already available. If no plan-specific cost experience is available when calculating average rebate amounts, such as at the beginning of a payment year for a new plan, are considering requiring sponsors to use the same drug cost projections on which they base their Part D bids. Further, for operational ease, it appears the manufacturer rebates used in the calculation of the average rebate amount would need to include all manufacturer rebates received for the drug, including all point-of-sale rebates. Then, in order not to double count the point-of-sale rebates, the total gross drug costs used to weight the average under this methodology would have to be based on the drug's price at the point of sale before it is lowered by any manufacturer rebates or other price concessions applied at the point of sale. We are interested in stakeholder feedback on these considerations.
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Second, we propose to revise the list of marketing materials, currently codified at §§ 422.2260(5) and 423.2260(5), and to include it in the proposed new §§ 422.2260(c)(1) and 423.2260(c)(1). The current list of examples includes: brochures; advertisements in newspapers and magazines, and on television, billboards, radio, or the internet, and billboards; social media content; marketing representative materials, such as scripts or outlines for telemarketing or other presentations; and presentation materials such as slides and charts. In conjunction with the proposed new definition of marketing, we are proposing to remove from the list of examples items such as membership communication materials, subscriber agreements, member handbooks, and wallet card instructions to enrollees, as they would no longer fall under the proposed regulatory definition of marketing. The proposed text complements the new definition by providing a concise non-exhaustive list of example material types that would be considered marketing.
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Partially offsetting the increase in direct subsidy and low income premium subsidy costs for the government would be decreases in Medicare's reinsurance and low income cost-sharing subsidies. Decreases in Medicare's reinsurance subsidy result when lower negotiated prices slow down the progression of beneficiaries through the Part D benefit and into the catastrophic phase, and when the government's 80 percent reinsurance payments for allowable drug costs incurred in the catastrophic phase are based on lower negotiated prices. Similarly, low income cost-sharing subsidies would decrease if beneficiary cost-sharing obligations decline due to the reduction in prices at the point of sale. Finally, the slower progression of beneficiaries through the Part D benefit would also have the effect of reducing manufacturer gap discount payments as fewer beneficiaries would enter the coverage gap phase or progress entirely through it.
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Prior to the 2009 contract year, §§ 422.111(a) and 423.128(a) required the provision of the materials in their respective paragraphs (b) at the time of enrollment and at least annually thereafter, but did not specify a deadline. In the September 18, 2008, final rule, CMS required MA organizations to send this material to current enrollees 15 days before the annual coordinated election period (AEP) (73 FR 54216). The rationale for this requirement was to provide beneficiaries with comprehensive information prior to the AEP so that they could make informed enrollment decisions.
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Rural consumers may be out of luck. Much has been said about rural counties left with only one or no insurance options on the Obamacare exchanges. State insurance commissioners, insurers and others have been working hard to successfully fill those gaps. In the meantime, the real dearth of coverage may exist among Medicare Advantage insurers. According to a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 147 counties, across 14 states have no Medicare Advantage insurer this year.
Quality-Based Programs Learn about Blue Cross Medicare networks Rss Real Estate We believe that transitioning to the new 2017071 versions of the transactions already covered by the current part D e-prescribing standard (version 10.6 of the NCPDP SCRIPT) will impose deminimus cost on the Start Printed Page 56440industry as the burden in using the updated standards is anticipated to be the same as using the old standards for the transactions currently covered by the program. We are also proposing adoption of version 2017071 of the NCPDP SCRIPT standards for the nine new transactions to replace manual processes that currently occur. Reducing the manual processes currently used to support these transactions will improve efficiency, accuracy, and user satisfaction with the system. While system implementation may result in minimal expenses, we believe that these minimal expenses will be more than offset by rendering these manual transactions obsolete. That is, we believe that prescribers and dispensers that are now e-prescribing largely invested in the hardware, software, and connectivity necessary to e-prescribe. We do not anticipate that the retirement of NCPDP SCRIPT 10.6 in favor of NCPDP SCRIPT 2017071 will result in significant costs.
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eTables Collection Agencies FIND A BROKER Although the Act only expressly refers to terminations, through rulemaking and subregulatory guidance, we have created two different processes relating to severing the contractual agreement between CMS and an MA organization or Part D sponsor. In accordance with sections 1857(h) and 1860D-12(b)(3)(F) of the Act, we have adopted regulations providing for distinct contract termination and bases and procedures for nonrenewal if contracts. Our regulations at §§ 422.506 and 422.510 provide for the nonrenewal and termination, respectively, of CMS contracts with MA organizations. The Part D regulations provide for similar procedures with respect to Part D sponsor contracts at §§ 423.507 and 423.509.
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I Am A Broker June 22, 2018 Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal. LEARN MORE Implementation of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 Besides the benefits of preventing opioid dependency in beneficiaries we estimate a net savings in 2019 of $13 million to the Trust Fund because of reduced scripts, modestly increasing to a savings of $14 million in 2023. The cost to industry is estimated at about $2.8 million per year.
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Open Your Quick Start Guide If you miss your Initial Enrollment Period or your Special Enrollment Period, you get another chance to enroll. 9. Section 422.2 is amended by adding the definition of “Preclusion list” in alphabetical order to read as follows:
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Quality, Safety & Oversight- Guidance to Laws & Regulations Senior Care 8.8 out of 10 We solicit comment on these proposed changes, particularly whether our proposal is based on the best understanding of the motives and incentives applicable to MA organizations and Part D sponsors to engage in fraud reduction activities. We also solicit comment on the types of activities that should be included in, or excluded from, fraud reduction activities. In addition, we solicit comment on alternative approaches to accounting for fraud reduction activities in the MLR calculation. In particular, we are interested in receiving input on:
Enrollment in public Part C health plans, including Medicare Advantage plans, grew from about 10% of total enrollment in 2005 to about 35% in 2018. Almost all Medicare beneficiaries have access to at least two public Medicare Part C plans; most have access to three or more.
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(9) Display the names and/or logos of provider co-branding partners on marketing materials, unless the materials clearly indicate that other providers are available in the network.
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Articles About Medicare (i) Definitions (§ 423.100) 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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Revise § 423.578(a)(5) by removing the text specifying that the prescriber's supporting statement “demonstrate the medical necessity of the drug” to align with the existing language for formulary exceptions at § 423.578(b)(6). The requirement that the supporting statement address the enrollee's medical need for the requested drug is already explained in the introductory text of § 423.578(a).
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