(iii) Any other evidence that CMS deems relevant to its determination; or Grievance means any complaint or dispute, other than one that involves a coverage determination or at-risk determination, expressing dissatisfaction with any aspect of the operations, activities, or behavior of a Part D plan sponsor, regardless of whether remedial action is requested.
a. Redesignating paragraph (b)(1)(iii) as paragraph (b)(1)(iv). September 2017 Senate Committee on Appropriations Healthy Families and Kids Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “Medicare offers more health coverage choices and decreased premiums in 2018,” Press release, September 29, 2017, available at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2017-Press-releases-items/2017-09-29.html. ↩
Learning Center by Jonathan Bernstein There is precedent for such a risk based approach. For instance, consistent with § 424.518, A/B MACs are required to screen applications for enrollment in accordance with a CMS assessment of risk and assignment to a level of “limited,” “moderate,” or “high.” Applications submitted by provider and supplier types that have historically posed higher risks to the Medicare program are subjected to a more rigorous screening and review process than those that present limited risks. Moreover, § 424.518 states that providers and suppliers that have had certain adverse actions imposed against them, such as felony convictions or revocations of enrollment, are placed into the highest and most rigorous screening level. We recognize that the risk based approach in § 424.518 applies to enrollment application screening rather than payment denials. However, we believe that using a risk-based approach would enable CMS to focus on prescribers who pose threats to the Medicare program and its beneficiaries, while minimizing the burden on those who do not. The process we envision and propose, which would replace the prescriber enrollment requirement outlined in § 423.120(c)(6) with a claims payment-oriented approach, would consist of the following components:
rights Cost Plans may include prescription drug coverage. For plans that do not include drug coverage, Cost Plan enrollees may enroll in a Part D plan. We are not proposing to codify this list of measures and specifications in regulation text in light of the regular updates and revisions contemplated by our proposals at §§ 422.164 and 423.184. We intend, as proposed in paragraph (a) of these sections, that the Technical Notes for each year's Star Ratings would include the applicable full list of measures.
Please Log In MA-PD Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Entertaining HIPAA Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Because not all Part D plans' data systems may be able to account for group practice prescribers as we described above, or chain pharmacies through data analysis alone, or may not be able to fully account for them, we request information on sponsors' systems capabilities in this regard. Also, if a plan sponsor does not have the systems capability to automatically determine when a prescriber is part of a group or a pharmacy is part of a chain, the plan sponsor would have to make these determinations during case management, as they do with respect to group practices under the current policy. If through such case management, the Part D plan finds that the multiple prescribers who prescribed frequently abused drugs for the beneficiary are members of the same group practice, the Part D plan would treat those prescribers as one prescriber for purposes of identification of the beneficiary as a potential at-risk beneficiary. Similarly, if through such case management, the Part D plan finds that multiple locations of a pharmacy used by the beneficiary share real-time electronic data, the Part D plan would treat those locations as one pharmacy for purposes of identification of the beneficiary as a potential at-risk beneficiary. Both of these scenarios may result in a Part D sponsor no longer conducting case management for a beneficiary because the beneficiary does not meet the clinical guidelines. We also note that group practices and chain pharmacies are important to consider for purposes of the selection of a prescriber(s) and pharmacy(ies) in cases when a Part D plan limits a beneficiary's access to coverage of frequently abused drugs to selected pharmacy(ies) and/or prescriber(s), which we discuss in more detail later in this preamble.
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DEDUCTIBLE Includes the month you turn 65 Advisory Task Force on Uniform Conveyancing Forms Some commenters expressed support for including other or all controlled substances, such as benzodiazepines, sedatives, and certain muscle relaxants as frequently abused drugs; however, we are not persuaded. Opioids are unique in that there is generally no maximum dose for them in the FDA labeling. Also, in the proposed Contract Year 2016 Parts C&D Call Letter, we solicited feedback on expanding the current policy to other drugs, and the comments were mixed. A few commenters suggested that we expand the current policy to benzodiazepines and muscle relaxants when used with opioids. In respond to the feedback, we did not expand the current policy beyond the opioid class but indicated that we would investigate. Subsequently, the CDC Guideline was published and it specifically recommends that clinicians avoid prescribing opioid pain medication and benzodiazepines concurrently whenever possible due to increased risk for overdose. Therefore, we added a concurrent benzodiazepine-opioid flag to OMS in October 2016 to alert Part D sponsors that concurrent use may be an issue that should be addressed during case management, and we will continue to do so.
(2) Lowest Possible Reimbursement The US Territories: Property & Casualty For data quality issues identified during the calculation of the Star Ratings for a given year, we propose to continue our current practice of Start Printed Page 56383removing the measure from the Star Ratings.
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As a result, we propose that a sponsor may not limit an at-risk beneficiary's access to coverage of frequently abused drugs to a selected prescriber(s) until at least 6 months has passed from the date the beneficiary is first identified as a potential at-risk beneficiary. We propose that this date be the date of the first OMS report that identified the beneficiary, so long as the beneficiary was also reported in the most recent OMS report that the sponsor received. This is because limiting the beneficiary's access to coverage of frequently abused drugs from a selected prescriber would only be necessary if the beneficiary continues to meet the clinical guidelines despite any existing Start Printed Page 56355intervention or limitation. We discuss OMS reports in more detail later.
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Find a Pharmacy or Drug (2) Requests for payment. If, on redetermination of a request for payment, the Part D plan sponsor reverses its coverage determination, the Part D plan sponsor must authorize payment for the benefit within 14 calendar days from the date it receives the request for redetermination, and make payment no later than 30 calendar days after the date the plan sponsor receives the request for redetermination.
While several commenters stated that Part D plan sponsors should have flexibility in developing their own criteria for identifying at-risk beneficiaries in their plans, a more conservative and uniform approach is warranted for the initial implementation of Part D drug management programs. While we already have experience with how frequently Part D plan sponsors use beneficiary-specific opioid POS claim edits to prevent opioid overutilization, we wish to learn how sponsors will use Start Printed Page 56346lock-in as a tool to address this issue before adopting clinical guidelines that might include parameters for permissible variations of the criteria. We plan to monitor compliance of drug management programs as we monitor compliance with the current policy through various CMS data sources, such as OMS, MARx, beneficiary complaints and appeals.
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In addition, we believe that reducing confusion in the marketplace surrounding this issue will improve beneficiary protections while improving enrollee incentives to choose follow-on biological products over reference biological products. (This proposed provision to classify follow-on biological products as generic drugs are for the purposes of cost sharing for non-LIS cost sharing in the catastrophic portion of the benefit and LIS enrollees in any phase of the benefit.) Improved incentives to choose lower cost alternatives will reduce costs to Part D enrollees and the Part D program. OACT estimates this proposal will provide a modest savings of $10 million in 2019, with savings increasing by approximately $1 million each year through 2028.
twitter (3) Special insurance. If there is a different type of stop-loss policy obtained by the physician group, it must be actuarially equivalent to the coverage shown in the tables described in paragraphs (f)(2)(iii) and (v) of this section. Actuarially equivalent deductibles are acceptable if the insurance is actuarially certified by an attesting actuary who fulfills all of the following requirements.
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