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VOLUME 18, 2012 Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans MA-PDs would have the hold harmless provisions for highly-rated contracts applied for the overall rating. For an MA-PD that receives an overall rating of 4 stars or more without the use of the improvement measures and with all applicable adjustments (CAI and the reward factor), a comparison of the rounded overall rating with and without the improvement measures is done. The overall rating with the improvement measures used in the comparison would include up to two adjustments, the reward factor (if applicable) and the CAI. The overall rating without the improvement measures used in the comparison would include up to two adjustments, the reward factor (if applicable) and the CAI. The higher overall rating would be used for the overall rating. For an MA-PD that has an overall rating of 2 stars or less without the use of the improvement measure and with all applicable adjustments (CAI and the reward factor), the overall rating would exclude the improvement measure. For all others, the overall rating would include the improvement measure.
As discussed earlier in this preamble, we are proposing to integrate the lock-in provisions with existing Part D Opioid DUR Policy/OMS. Determinations made in accordance with any of those processes, proposed at § 423.153(f), and discussed previously, are interrelated issues that we collectively refer to as an “at-risk determination” made under a drug management program. The at-risk determination includes prescriber and/or pharmacy selection for lock-in, beneficiary-specific POS claim edits for frequently abused drugs, and information sharing for subsequent plan enrollments. Given the concomitant nature of the at-risk determination and associated aspects of the drug management program applicable to an at-risk beneficiary, we expect that any dispute under a plan's drug management program will be adjudicated as a single case involving a review of all aspects of the drug management program for the at-risk beneficiary. While a beneficiary who is subject to a Part D plan sponsor's drug management program always retains the right to request a coverage determination under existing § 423.566 for any Part D drug that the beneficiary believes may be covered by their plan, we believe that appeals of an at-risk determination made under proposed § 423.153(f) should involve consideration of all relevant elements of that at-risk determination. For example, if a Part D plan determines that a beneficiary is at-risk, implements a beneficiary-specific claim edit on 2 drugs that beneficiary is taking and locks that beneficiary into a specific pharmacy, the affected beneficiary should not be expected to raise a dispute about the pharmacy selection and about one of the claim edits in distinct appeals.
How to Create an Account 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.
(D) Alternate Second Notice When Limit on Access Coverage for Frequently Abused Drugs by Sponsor Will Not Occur (§ 423.153(f)(7)) Amerigroup Washington
Pitfalls of Medicare Advantage Plans A growing body of evidence links the prevalence of beneficiary-level social risk factors with performance on measures included in Medicare value-based purchasing programs, including MA and Part D Star Ratings. With support from our contractors, we undertook research to provide scientific evidence as to whether MA organizations or Part D sponsors that enroll a disproportionate number of vulnerable beneficiaries are systematically disadvantaged by the current Star Ratings. In 2014, we issued a Request for Information to gather information directly from organizations to supplement the data that CMS collects, as we believe that plans and sponsors are uniquely positioned to provide both qualitative and quantitative information that is not available from other sources. In February and September 2015, we released details on the findings of our research. We have also reviewed reports about the impact of socio-economic status (SES) on quality ratings, such as the report published by the NQF posted at www.qualityforum.org/risk_adjustment_ses.aspx and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy posted at http://www.medpac.gov/docs/default-source/reports/march-2016-report-to-the-congress-medicare-payment-policy.pdf?sfvrsn=0. We have more recently been reviewing reports prepared by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE  ) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the issue of measuring and accounting for social risk factors in CMS' value-based purchasing and quality reporting programs, and we have been considering options on how to address the issue in these programs. On December 21, 2016, ASPE submitted a Report to Congress on a study it was required to conduct under section 2(d) of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014. The study analyzed the effects of certain social risk factors of Medicare beneficiaries on quality measures and measures of resource use in nine Medicare value-based purchasing programs. The report also included considerations for strategies to account for social risk factors in these programs. A January 10, 2017 report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provided various potential methods for measuring and accounting for social risk factors, including stratified public reporting.
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Consistent with current policy, we propose at §§ 422.166(g) and 423.186(g) a hold harmless provision for the inclusion or exclusion of the improvement measure(s) for highly-rated contracts' highest ratings. We are proposing, in paragraphs (g)(1)(i) through (iii), a series of rules that specify when the improvement measure is included in calculating overall and summary ratings.
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Your 2018 Guide to Social Security Some "hospital services" can be done as inpatient services, which would be reimbursed under Part A; or as outpatient services, which would be reimbursed, not under Part A, but under Part B instead. The "Two-Midnight Rule" decides which is which. In August 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a final rule concerning eligibility for hospital inpatient services effective October 1, 2013. Under the new rule, if a physician admits a Medicare beneficiary as an inpatient with an expectation that the patient will require hospital care that "crosses two midnights," Medicare Part A payment is "generally appropriate." However, if it is anticipated that the patient will require hospital care for less than two midnights, Medicare Part A payment is generally not appropriate; payment such as is approved will be paid under Part B. The time a patient spends in the hospital before an inpatient admission is formally ordered is considered outpatient time. But, hospitals and physicians can take into consideration the pre-inpatient admission time when determining if a patient's care will reasonably be expected to cross two midnights to be covered under Part A. In addition to deciding which trust fund is used to pay for these various outpatient vs. inpatient charges, the number of days for which a person is formally considered an admitted patient affects eligibility for Part A skilled nursing services.