* eHealth’s Medicare Choice and Impact report examines user sessions from more than 30,000 eHealth Medicare visitors who used the company’s Medicare prescription drug coverage comparison tool in the fourth quarter of 2016, including Medicare’s 2017 Annual Election Period (October 15 – December 7, 2016).
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Contracting organizations often respond to changes in the Medicare markets or changes in their own business objectives by making decisions to end or modify their participation in the Part C and D programs. Thus, these organizations exercise their nonrenewal rights under § 422.506(a) and § 423.507(a) much more frequently than CMS conducts contract non renewals under § 422.506(b) and § 423.507(b). As a result, within CMS and among industry stakeholders, the term “nonrenewal” has effectively come to refer almost exclusively to MA organization and Part D plan sponsor initiated contract non renewals.
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Case-mix adjustment means an adjustment to the measure score made prior to the score being converted into a Star Rating to take into account certain enrollee characteristics that are not under the control of the plan. For example age, education, chronic medical conditions, and functional health status that may be related to the enrollee's survey responses.
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Marketing code 5000 covers formulary drugs. Although, as is currently the case, formularies will continue to be submitted to us for review in capacities outside of marketing, they will no longer fall under the new regulatory definition of marketing and hence would not be submitted separately for review as marketing materials.
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Lastly, Medicare Extra would be financed in part through public health excise taxes. The federal excise tax on cigarettes would be increased by 50 cents per pack and adjusted for inflation. A tax could also be imposed on sugared drinks equal to 1 cent per ounce. These taxes would reduce health care spending, helping to offset the cost of Medicare Extra.
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26. Section 422.254 is amended by removing paragraph (a)(4) and redesignating paragraph (a)(5) as paragraph (a)(4).
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Affirmative Statement about Incentives Compare Doctors/Facilities We believe a shift in regulatory policy that establishes a distinction between non-preferred branded drugs, biological products, and non-preferred generic and authorized generic drugs, achieves needed balance between limitations in plans' exceptions criteria and beneficiary access, and aligns with how many plan sponsors already design their tiering exceptions criteria. Accordingly, we are proposing to revise § 423.578(a)(6) to clarify and establish additional limitations plans would be permitted to place on tiering exception requests. First, we are proposing new paragraphs (i) and (ii), which would permit plans to limit the availability of tiering exceptions for the following drug types to a preferred tier that contains the same type of alternative drug(s) for treating the enrollee's condition:
To address concerns from providers about burdensome requests from MA organizations for their patients' medical record documentation, we are soliciting comment from stakeholders to more fully understand the issue and for ideas to accomplish reductions in provider burden. Specifically, we seek comment on the following:
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Deletion of paragraph (a)(4), which provides for CMS to determine that marketing materials include any other information necessary to enable beneficiaries to make an informed decision about enrollment. The intent of this section was to ensure that materials which include measuring or ranking mechanisms such as Star Ratings were a part of CMS's marketing review. We Start Printed Page 56435propose deleting this section as the exclusion list to be codified at § 422.2260(c)(2)(ii) ensures materials that include measuring or ranking standards will be considered marketing, thus making §§ 422.2264(a)(4) and § 423.2264(a)(4) duplicative.
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To create this flexibility, CMS proposes modifying the sentence, “Such posting does not relieve the MA organization of its responsibility under § 422.111(a) to provide hard copies to enrollees,” to include “upon request” in § 422.111(h)(2)(ii) and to revise § 422.111(a) by inserting “in the manner specified by CMS.” These changes will align §§ 422.111(a) and 423.128(a) to authorize CMS to provide flexibility to MA plans and Part D sponsors to use technology to provide beneficiaries with information. CMS intends to use this flexibility to provide sponsoring organizations with the ability to electronically deliver plan documents (for example, the Summary of Benefits) to enrollees while maintaining the protection of a hard copy for any enrollee who requests such hard copy. As the current version of § 422.111(a) and (h)(2) require hard copies, we believe this proposal will ultimately result in reducing burden and providing more flexibility for sponsoring organizations.
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SEE A DOCTOR ONLINE GET REPORT*** We propose that § 423.153(f)(5)(i) read as follows: Initial Notice to Beneficiary. A Part D sponsor that intends to limit the access of a potential at-risk beneficiary to coverage for frequently abused drugs under paragraph (f)(3) of this section must provide an initial written notice to the beneficiary. Paragraph (f)(5)(ii) would require that the notice use language approved by the Secretary and be in a readable and understandable form that provides the following information: (1) An explanation that the beneficiary's current or immediately prior Part D plan sponsor has identified the beneficiary as a potential at-risk beneficiary; (2) A description of all State and Federal public health resources that are designed to address prescription drug abuse to which the beneficiary has access, including mental health and other counseling services and information on how to access such services, including any such services covered by the plan under its Medicare benefits, supplemental benefits, or Medicaid benefits (if the plan integrates coverage of Medicare and Medicaid benefits); (3) An explanation of the beneficiary's right to a redetermination if the sponsor issues a determination that the beneficiary is an at-risk beneficiary and the standard and expedited redetermination processes described at § 423.580 et seq.; (4) A request that the beneficiary submit to the sponsor within 30 days of the date of this initial notice any information that the beneficiary believes is relevant to the sponsor's determination, including which prescribers and pharmacies the beneficiary would prefer the sponsor to select if the sponsor implements a limitation under § 423.153(f)(3)(ii); (5) An explanation of the meaning and consequences of being identified as an at-risk beneficiary, including an explanation of the sponsor's drug management program, the specific limitation the sponsor intends to place on the beneficiary's access to coverage for frequently abused drugs under the program, the timeframe for the sponsor's decision, and if applicable, any limitation on the availability of the special enrollment period described in § 423.38; (6) Clear instructions that explain how the beneficiary can contact the sponsor, including how the beneficiary may submit information to the sponsor in response to the request described in paragraph (f)(5)(ii)(C)(4); (7) Contact information for other organizations that can provide the beneficiary with assistance regarding the sponsor's drug management program; and (8) Other content that CMS determines is necessary for the beneficiary to understand the information required in this notice.
Students & Graduates Section 1860D-4(b)(3)(E) of the Act requires Part D sponsors to provide “appropriate notice” to the Secretary, affected enrollees, authorized prescribers, pharmacists, and pharmacies regarding any decision to either: (1) Remove a drug from its formulary, or (2) make any change in the preferred or tiered cost-sharing status of a drug. Section 423.120(b)(5) implements that requirement by defining appropriate notice as that given at least 60 days prior to such change taking effect during a given contract year. We have recognized that both current and prospective enrollees of a prescription drug plan need to have the most current formulary information by the time of the annual election period described in § 423.38(b) in order to enroll in the Part D plan that best suits their particular needs. To this end, § 423.120(b)(6) prohibits Part D sponsors and MA organizations from removing a covered Part D drug from a formulary or changing the preferred or tiered cost-sharing status of a covered Part D drug between the beginning of the annual election period described in § 423.38(b)(2) and 60 days subsequent to the beginning of the contract year associated with that annual election period. Our concern has been to prevent situations in which Part D sponsors change their formularies early in the contract year without providing appropriate notice as described in § 423.120(b)(5) to new enrollees. Thus, § 423.120(b)(6) has required that all materials distributed during the annual election period reflect the formulary the Part D sponsor will offer at the beginning of the contract year for which it is enrolling Part D eligible individuals. Lastly, under § 423.128(d)(2)(iii), Part D sponsors must also provide current and prospective Part D enrollees with at least 60 days' notice regarding the removal or change in the preferred or tiered cost-sharing status of a Part D drug on its Part D plan's formulary. The general notice requirements and burden are currently approved by OMB under control number 0938-0964 (CMS-10141).
G. Conclusion Do You Have to Apply for Medicare Every Year? (iii) Determined to be at-risk for misuse or abuse of such frequently abused drugs under a Part D plan sponsor's drug management program in accordance with the requirements of § 423.153(f); or
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Individual and Family Plans 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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