In the 2013 Part C and D Star Ratings, we implemented the Part C and D improvement measures (CY2013 Rate Announcement, https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Health-Plans/MedicareAdvtgSpecRateStats/Downloads/Announcement2013.pdf). The improvement measures address the overall improvement or decline in individual measure scores from the prior to the current year. We propose to continue the current methodology detailed in the Technical Notes for calculating the improvement measures and to codify it at §§ 422.164(f) and 423.184(f). For a measure to be included in the improvement calculation, the measure must have numeric value scores in both the current and prior year and not have had a substantive specification change during those years. In addition, the improvement measure will not include any data on measures that are already focused on improvement (for example, HOS measures focused on improving or maintaining physical or mental health). The Part C improvement measure includes only Part C measure scores, and the Part D improvement measure includes only Part D measure scores. All measures meeting these criteria would be included in the improvement measures under our proposal at paragraph (f)(1)(i) through (iv) of §§ 422.164 and 423.184.
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Change/update plans for 2018 We are also particularly interested in comments on how an average rebate amount should be calculated for a drug that is the only rebated drug in its drug category or class. An alternative approach would be necessary in this case because the average rebate amount calculated under the general approach we have described above would equal the drug-specific rebate amount, which, if included in the negotiated price, could result in the release of proprietary pricing information. We ask that commenters explain how any alternative they suggest for the only rebated drug scenario would address this concern and comment on the level of price transparency that would be achieved under the suggested alternative.
The Part D program was implemented in 2006, and while there is no parallel provision regarding applicable Part D sources of data, we have used similar datasets, for example CAHPS survey data, for beneficiaries' experiences with prescription drug plans. Section 1860D-4(d) of the Act specifically directs the administration and collection of data from consumer surveys in a manner similar to those conducted in the MA program. All of these measures reflect structure, process, and outcome indices of quality that form the measurement set under Star Ratings. Since 2007, we have publicly reported a number of measures related to the drug benefit as part of the Star Ratings. For MA organizations that offer prescription drug coverage, we have developed a series of measures focusing on administration of the drug benefit. Similar to MA measures of quality relative to health services, the Part D measures focus on customer service and beneficiary experiences, effectiveness, and access to care relative to the drug benefit. We believe that the Part D Star Ratings are consistent with the limitation expressed in section 1852(e) of the Act even though the limitation does not apply to our collection of Part D quality data from Part D sponsors.
Environment How to Make (iv) The improvement measure score will then be determined by calculating the weighted sum of the net improvement per measure category divided by the weighted sum of the number of eligible measures.
People with group health policies through their employer generally do not have to sign up for Medicare when they turn 65. They, or you in this case, can keep your employer coverage until you retire. You will then have eight months within which to sign up for Medicare without facing any penalties for late enrollment.
79. Section 423.580 is revised to read as follows: Public Benefits Board (PEBB) Program enrollment Determine if you want coverage for prescription drugs.
HealthMarkets Reviews Tips to Help You Pick the Right Medicare Plan for 2019 As regards content, § 423.128(d)(2)(iii) requires—and would continue to do so under the proposed revisions—that Part D sponsors post online notice regarding any removal or change in the preferred or tiered cost-sharing status of a Part D drug on its Part D plan's formulary. Posting information online related to removing a specific drug or changing its cost-sharing solely to meet the content requirements of § 423.128(d)(2)(iii) cannot replace general notice under proposed § 423.120(b)(5)(iv)(C); direct notice to affected enrollees under § 423.120(b)(5)(ii); or notice to CMS when required under § 423.120(b)(5). For instance, as noted in the January, 28, 2005 final rule (70 FR 4265), we view online notification under § 423.128(d)(2)(iii) on its own as an inadequate means of providing specific information to the enrollees who most need it, and we consider it an additional way that Part D sponsors provide notice of formulary changes to affected enrollees.
Set up a visit COMPLIANCE & QUALITY parent page subscribe (1) Requests for benefits. If, on an expedited redetermination of a request for benefits, the Part D plan sponsor reverses its coverage determination, the Part D plan sponsor must authorize or provide the benefit under dispute as expeditiously as the enrollee's health condition requires, but no later than 72 hours after the date the Part D plan sponsor receives the request for redetermination.
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Medicare Supplement (11) The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Health Care Resources In paragraph (c)(5)(v), we state that with respect to requests for reimbursement submitted by Medicare beneficiaries, a Part D sponsor may not make payment to a beneficiary dependent upon the sponsor's acquisition of an active and valid individual prescriber NPI, unless there is an indication of fraud. If the sponsor is unable to retrospectively acquire an active and valid individual prescriber NPI, the sponsor may not seek recovery of any payment to the beneficiary solely on that basis.
When employees enroll in Medicare Extra, their employers would contribute the same amount to Medicare Extra that they contribute to their own coverage. The Medicare Extra income-based premium caps would apply to the employee share of the premium. Because employees would be subsidized by Medicare Extra, the tax benefit for employer-sponsored insurance would not apply to employer premium contributions under this option.
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As discussed previously, our classifications of certain types of pharmacies were never intended to limit or exclude participation of pharmacies, such as pharmacies with multiple lines of business, that do not fit into one of these classifications. Additionally, we have recognized since our January 2005 final rule that pharmacies may have multiple lines of business, including retail pharmacies that may offer home delivery services (see 70 FR 4235 and 4255).
Earnings Preview Questions to think about? We propose not to limit the availability of this new SEP to potential at-risk and at-risk beneficiaries. In situations where an individual is designated as a potential at-risk beneficiary or an at-risk beneficiary and later determined to be dually-eligible for Medicaid or otherwise eligible for LIS, that beneficiary should be afforded the ability to receive the subsidy benefit to the fullest extent for which he or she qualifies and therefore should be able to change to a plan that is more affordable, or that is within the premium benchmark amount if desired. Likewise, if an individual with an “at-risk” designation loses dual-eligibility or LIS status, or has a change in the level of extra help, he or she would be afforded an opportunity to elect a different Part D plan, as discussed in section III.A.11 of this proposed rule. This is also a life changing event that may have a financial impact on the individual, and could necessitate an individual making a plan change in order to continue coverage.
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§ 423.2274 June 23, 2018 — 10:04pm Provider Value-based Performance Programs Insurers build risk margins into their premiums to reflect the level of uncertainty regarding the costs of providing coverage. These margins provide a cushion should costs be greater than projected. Given the uncertainty regarding potential legislative and regulatory changes and other uncertainties regarding claim costs, insurers may be inclined to include a larger risk margin in the rates. To the extent that insurers cannot determine the necessary premium rates to cover the projected costs due to legislative and regulatory uncertainty, they may decide to withdraw from the individual market.
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89. Section 423.756 is amended by revising paragraph (c)(3)(ii) introductory text to read as follows: View Benefits, Coverage & Limits
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Travel and Immigration Creditable Coverage § 423.2480 We estimate it would take 10 hours at $69.08/hr for a business operations Start Printed Page 56468specialist to develop the initial notice. We also estimate it would take 1 minute for a business operations specialist to electronically generate and submit a notice for each beneficiary that is offered passive enrollment. We estimate that approximately 5,520 full-benefit dual eligible beneficiaries would be sent a notice in each instance in which passive enrollment occurs, which reflects the average enrollment of currently active D-SNP plans. Four instances of passive enrollment annually would result in 22,080 beneficiaries being sent the notice (5,520 × 4 organizations) each year.
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Learn how it may impact you When: A variety of supplemental Medicare plans are available in the market place. Watch Next... The proposed changes at § 422.590(f) would result in a slight reduction of burden to Part C plans by no longer requiring a Notice of Appeal Status for each case file forwarded to the IRE. The estimated savings of this proposed change is based on reduced plan administration costs. Using the number of partially and fully adverse cases, we estimate Part C plans forwarded 47,108 cases to the IRE in 2015. We estimate it will take 5 minutes (0.083 hours) to complete this notice. We used an adjusted hourly wage of $34.66 based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 Web site for occupation code 43-9199, “All other office and administrative support workers,” which gives a mean hourly salary of $17.33, which when multiplied by a factor of two to include overhead, and fringe benefits, resulting in $34.66 an hour. Thus, the reduction in administrative time spent would be 0.083 hours × 47,108 cases = 3,926 hours with a consequent savings of 3,926 hours × $34.66 per hour = $136,064.
§ 423.602 (a) A PACE organization may not pay, directly or indirectly, on any basis, for items or services (other than emergency or urgently needed services as defined in § 460.100) furnished to a Medicare enrollee by any individual or entity that is excluded by the OIG or is included on the preclusion list, defined in § 422.2 of this chapter.
Rss 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.
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Pine Medicare Facts & Fiction The proposed revision of 423.265 eliminates the requirement for two enhanced benefit plans offered by a PDP organization in a service area to be “substantially different”. If finalized this will result in increased plan flexibilities and a potential increase in beneficiary plan choice. We expect this provision to reduce plan burden and could provide a very modest savings to plans sponsors of approximately $60,000. The savings represent an estimate of the time not spent by certifying actuaries to ensure that a meaningful difference threshold is met between two PDP EA offerings. Based on the preliminary CY 2018 landscape, if all PDP organizations that submitted an EA benefit design had also submitted the maximum of two EA plans, the result would be approximately 275 EA to EA plan pairings that would have required actuary time spent in evaluation of the meaningful difference requirement. We further estimate that it would take an actuary 2 hours to write a meaningful difference requirement. Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) latest wage estimates, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes152011.htm, the mean hourly wage for actuaries, occupation code 15-2011 is $54.87 which when multiplied by 2 to allow 100 percent for overhead and fringe benefits is $109.74 an hour. Thus our total estimated burden is 275 EAs × 2 Hours per EA = 550 hours at a cost of 550 × $109.74 = $60357. While there is potential savings for PDP plan sponsors under this proposal, these savings could be offset for organizations who make the business decision to prepare and submit additional bids if this proposal is finalized. If the EA to EA threshold was the sole barrier to a PDP sponsor offering a second EA plan, (that is, the sponsor currently only offers one enhanced plan), based on the CY2018 PDP landscape, we could anticipate a modest increase of approximately 125 additional enhanced plans (15 percent increase). Although we believe it unlikely that all PDP sponsors would opt to add an additional plan.
We propose to delete the limitation placed on MA organizations and Part D sponsors as to how they can respond to an agent/broker who has become unlicensed. We propose to delete a requirement that the MA plan or Part D plan terminate an unlicensed agent or broker and contact beneficiaries to notify them if they had been enrolled by the unlicensed agent or broker. We already require MA organizations and Part D sponsors to use only licensed agents/brokers. We have established the requirement to have a licensed agent or broker in a 2008 final rule (73 FR 54219). That burden assessment is not changing due to the proposal to remove paragraph (e) from these sections. The impact analysis for the specific provision at paragraph (e) of §§ 422.2272 and 423.2272 was established in rule-making in April 2011 (76 FR 21534). As for the impact of review and compliance activities that remain to plans after removing the narrow scope of compliance actions available to MA organizations and Part D sponsors, we do not believe this change would have a significant increase in burden or financial impact. Removing this requirement allows state Department of Insurance (DOI) requirements to take precedence in this situation. While some MA organizations and Part D sponsors may choose to make operational changes to ensure compliance, these changes are not based on this rule, but are required to meet existing requirements.
(ii) Exception for identification by prior plan. If a beneficiary was identified as a potential at-risk or an at-risk beneficiary by his or her most recent prior plan and such identification has not been terminated in accordance with paragraph (f)(14) of this section, the sponsor meets the requirements in paragraph (f)(2)(i) of this section, so long as the sponsor obtains case management information from the previous sponsor and such information is clinically adequate and up to date.
§ 423.636 (2) The reduction is identified by the highest threshold that a contract's lower bound exceeds. Fraud (8)
Vermont*** Burlington $118 $4 -97% $201 $206 2% $265 $169 -36% At the start of the program, most Part D formularies included no more than four cost-sharing tiers, generally with only one generic tier. For the 2006 and 2007 plan years respectively, about 83 percent and 89 percent of plan benefit packages (PBPs) that offered drug benefits through use of a tiered formulary had 4 or fewer tiers. Since that time, there have been substantial changes in the prescription drug landscape, including increasing costs of some generic drugs, as well as the considerable impact of high-cost drugs on the Part D program. Plan sponsors have responded by modifying their formularies and PBPs, resulting in the increased use of two generic-labeled drug tiers and mixed drug tiers that include brand and generic products on the same tiers. The flexibilities CMS permits in benefit design enable plan sponsors to continue to offer comprehensive prescription drug coverage with reasonable controls on out of pocket costs for enrollees, but increasingly complex PBPs with more variation in type and level of cost-sharing. For the 2017 plan year, about 91 percent of all Part D PBPs offer drug benefits through use of a tiered formulary. Over 98 percent of those tiered PBPs use a formulary containing 5 or 6 tiers; of those, about 98 percent contain two generic-labeled tiers.
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Also, we were concerned that the structure as it existed before the 2014 revisions created an incentive for agents/brokers to move enrollees from a plan of one parent organization to a plan of another parent organization, even for like plan-type changes. That Start Printed Page 56465compensation structure resulted in different payments when a beneficiary moved from one plan to another like plan in a different organization. In such situations, the new parent organization would pay the agent 50 percent of the current initial rate of the new parent organization; not 50 percent of the initial rate paid by the prior parent organization. Thus, in cases where the fair market value (FMV) for compensation had increased, or the other parent organization paid a higher commission, an incentive existed for the agent to move beneficiaries from one parent organization to another, rather than supporting the beneficiary's continued enrollment in the prior parent organization.
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Family planning services and supplies EVENTS Veterans Resources (iii) CMS will announce the measures identified for inclusion in the calculations of the CAI in accordance with this paragraph through the process described for changes in and adoption of payment and risk adjustment policies in section 1853(b) of the Act. The measures for inclusion in the calculations of the CAI values will be selected based on the analysis of the dispersion of the LIS/DE within contract differences using all reportable numeric scores for contracts receiving a rating in the previous rating year. CMS calculates the results of each contract's estimated difference between the LIS/DE and non-LIS/DE performance rates per contract using logistic mixed effects model that includes LIS/DE as a predictor, random effects for contract and an interaction term of contract. For each contract, the proportion of beneficiaries receiving the measured clinical process or outcome for LIS/DE and non-LIS/DE beneficiaries would be estimated separately. The following decision criteria is used to determine the measures for adjustment:
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