(A) Adding additional qualifiers that would meet the numerator requirements; Issue-age rated (Entry-age rated) – An insurer that prices Medigap coverage based upon issue-age, or entry-age, will determine your premium based upon the age that you are when you initially purchase your coverage. This is otherwise referred to as the time that the plan was issued. Using this pricing method, premiums will be lower for those who purchase a Medigap plan at a younger age. The premium may, however, go up based on inflation or other similar factors.
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CMS noted in the proposed rule that while it has not established a specific service category cost sharing limit for all possible services, CMS has issued guidance that MA plans must pay at least 50 percent of the contracted (or Medicare allowable) rate and that cost sharing for services cannot exceed 50 percent of the total MA plan financial liability for the benefit in order for the cost sharing for such services to be considered non-discriminatory (Medicare Managed Care Manual, Chapter 4, Section 50.1 at https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Manuals/internet-Only-Manuals-IOMs-Items/CMS019326.html). We stated our belief that cost sharing (service category deductibles, copayments, or co-insurance) that fails to cover at least half the cost of a particular service or item acts to discriminate against those for whom those services and items are medically necessary and discourages enrollment by beneficiaries who need those services and items. If an MA plan uses a copayment method of cost sharing, then the copayment for an in-network Medicare FFS service category cannot exceed 50 percent of the average contracted rate of that service without CMS seriously questioning and reviewing the cost-sharing as discriminatory. CMS does not believe that cost sharing at such high levels can legitimately serve any purpose other than discriminating against the enrollees who need and frequently use those services. Some service categories may identify specific benefits for which a unique copayment will apply, while others are grouped, such as durable medical equipment or outpatient diagnostic and radiological services, which contain a variety of services with different levels of cost which may reasonably have a range of copayments.
These final criteria for 2019 meet the definition of clinical guidelines that we are finalizing. They are criteria to identify potential at-risk beneficiaries who may be determined to be at-risk beneficiaries under drug management programs, and they were developed in accordance with the standards we are finalizing in § 423.153(f)(16) and beginning for 2020, will be published in guidance annually. These criteria also adhere to the standards we proposed in § 423.153(f)(16) because: (1) They were developed with stakeholder consultation in that we solicited comment on them in the proposed rule; (2) they are based on the acquisition of frequently abused drugs from multiple prescribers, multiple pharmacies, and the level of frequently abused drugs in that they identify potential at-risk beneficiaries taking opioids and obtaining them from 7 or more prescribers or 7 or more pharmacies; (3) Start Printed Page 16450they are derived from our and commenters’ expert opinion that obtaining opioids from many prescribers or many pharmacies is a potentially dangerous utilization pattern of frequently abused drugs due to an apparent lack of coordination of care that warrants further review and this opinion is supported by the fact that this pattern is highly unusual in the Part D program as it represents 0.11 percent of beneficiaries; and (4) they include a program size estimate.
Comment: Expressing concern that the proposed rule places the responsibility of managing provisional coverage on the industry, a commenter requested that CMS consider the numerous risks associated with the proposed provisional coverage period and support an alternate approach that allows CMS to manage patient access to care concerns with the use of post-dated preclusion effective dates. The commenter cited several risks. First, the commenter stated that unique provisional coverage rules based on the drug class will create beneficiary and prescriber confusion, as well as compromise existing claim adjudication hierarchical rules. Second, the commenter noted industry confusion as to whether a remaining days’ supply would apply to the 90-day provisional coverage period, where prescriptions could require a shortened days’ supply or the beneficiary could obtain up to 180 days’ supply of a medication. The commenter cited the following scenario: (1) A prescriber’s preclusion effective date is January 1, 2020; (2) the beneficiary obtains a 90-day supply of medication on January 1, 2020; (3) a provisional coverage period of January 1, 2020 through April 1, 2020 is set at the beneficiary/prescriber level; and (4) on March 20, 2020, the beneficiary requests a prescription refill for a 90-day supply. The commenter asked which of the following rules would apply: (a) The 90-day supply is covered, for the March 20 claim date of service is within the provisional coverage period; or (b) a 13-day supply is covered because there are only 13 days remaining (March 20 through April 1) in the provisional coverage period.
Comment: We solicited comments on potentially adding measures in the future that evaluate quality from the perspective of adopting new technology. Many commenters supported adding a measure related to the use of technology, but multiple commenters cautioned that CMS rely on and use evidence that technology impacts health outcomes or improves the experiences of beneficiaries in order to adopt specific measures of that type. A number of commenters cautioned CMS to move carefully and slowly on promoting technology due to the potential for unintended consequences. A few commenters did not support measuring the adoption of technology, because such adoption may not always be in the best interest of the patient or enrollee. A few commenters did not support such measurement because adoption of technology is hard to measure well and may not lead to greater member satisfaction or correlate with other measures of plan performance. Those commenters discouraged such a focus, believing that beneficiaries will vary in their interest in whether plans and providers adopt new technologies, so measures of such adoption many not inform plan choice. A few commenters also feared that measures of adoption of technology may end up reflecting geographic differences and the socioeconomic status of members enrolled in the plan rather than the quality or performance of the plan itself. With respect to CMS’ proposal to possibly add new measures that address the issue of new technology in the future, such as telemedicine, a commenter pointed out that “Use of new technologies” is not clearly defined and can span a number of technologies implemented across plans but not in a uniform manner or across all service areas. A commenter recommended that CMS continue to look at the incorporation of new technologies into Star Ratings measures but withhold any proposals for CY 2019 and CY 2020 until more formal proposals can be put forth for notice and comment prior to adoption. A commenter specifically urged measures of e-prescribing and e-prior authorization in Star Ratings. Another commenter urged CMS to explicitly capture in CAHPS composites (that is, the combination of two or more survey items into a measure) the use of telemedicine, as current survey wording may not do so.
In the May 23, 2013 final rule (78 FR 31294), we provided guidance that Medication Therapy Management (MTM) activities (defined at Start Printed Page 16673§ 423.153(d)) qualify as QIA, provided they meet the requirements set forth in §§ 422.2430 and 423.2430. To meet these requirements, the activity must be for a purpose identified in paragraph (a)(1) and: (1) Improve health quality; (2) increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes in ways that are capable of being objectively measured and of producing verifiable results; (3) be directed toward individual enrollees, specific groups of enrollees, or other populations as long as enrollees do not incur additional costs for population-based activities; and (4) be grounded in evidence-based medicine, widely accepted best clinical practice, or criteria issued by recognized professional medical associations, accreditation bodies, government agencies or other nationally recognized health care quality organizations. In our prior MLR rulemaking, we did not attempt to determine whether all MTM programs that comply with § 423.153(d) will necessarily meet the QIA requirements at § 422.2430 (for MA-PD contracts) and § 423.2430 (for stand-alone Part D contracts). Subsequent to publication of the May 23, 2013 final rule, we received numerous inquiries seeking clarification whether MTM programs are QIA. To address those questions and resolve any ambiguities or uncertainties, we proposed to specifically address MTM programs in the MLR regulations.
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Medicare Payment Changes Specifications that any cost-sharing or supplemental benefit must be applied equally to all enrollees of the plan, regardless of individual member health status or diagnosis (known as the “Uniformity Requirement”). In other words, in order to provide an enrollee with cognitive impairment access to, say, adult day health services, the plan would have to provide the same coverage to all members (regardless of cognitive ability or need), making such coverage economically infeasible.
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Preparation and Upload Notices $101,722 0 0 $33,907.3 Foreign travel emergency (up to plan limits) Ask about Adherence (27) Part D insurers generally oppose the change, saying that the industry currently uses the discounts to subsidize Part D premiums, and that all consumers would face sharply higher premiums if discounts were shared with the relatively small number of consumers who need expensive medications.
Download PDF of Benefits Best Travel Credit Cards Free help from licensed agents We proposed at § 422.208(f)(2)(iii)(A) that Table 1 be used to determine the maximum attachment point/maximum deductible for per-patient-combined stop-loss insurance coverage that must be provided for 90 percent of the costs Start Printed Page 16680above the deductible or an actuarial equivalent deductible limit can be determined. The methodology for developing the table was described in proposed § 422.208(f)(2)(iv). For panel sizes that fall between the table values, proposed § 422.208(f)(2)(iii)(A) directed use of linear interpolation to identify the required deductible. In addition, our proposed § 422.208(f)(2)(iii)(B) provided for use of Table 1 when using non-risk patients equivalents in determining the panel size.
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Comment: A number of commenters suggested CMS should codify its existing guidance regarding specialty drugs. If you purchase a Medigap policy, Medicare pays its portion of Medicare-approved covered health care costs and your Medicare Supplement Insurance plan pays its portion of covered costs.
About Omnipod® After considering these comments, we are finalizing the proposed language in § 423.153(f)(2) with the modification described.
In the proposed rule, we intended to clarify that the any willing pharmacy requirement applies to all pharmacies, regardless of how they have organized one or more functional lines of pharmacy business. Second, we proposed to revise the definition of retail pharmacy and define mail-order pharmacy. Third, we proposed to clarify our regulatory requirements for what constitutes “reasonable and relevant” standard contract terms and conditions. Finally, we proposed to codify our existing guidance with respect to when a pharmacy must be provided with a Part D plan sponsor’s standard terms and conditions.
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Walz and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minnesota, introduced legislation Wednesday to extend a 2019 deadline to switch Medicare Cost plan beneficiaries to Medicare Advantage plans by two years.
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Pedro Gozalo, Ph.D., In addition to an individual Medicare Cost Plan, there is also a type of plan that offers coverage for Medicare Part B services that is sponsored by employers, unions, or companies that do not provide Medicare Part A services. In this case, the Medicare Part A services would be offered via Original Medicare. These particular Medicare Cost Plans do not include Medicare Part D prescription drug benefits.
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We intend to continue to base the types of information collected in the Part C Star Ratings on section 1852(e) of the Act, and we proposed at § 422.162(c)(1) that the type of data used for Star Ratings will be data consistent with the section 1852(e) limits and data gathered from CMS administration of the MA program. In addition, we proposed in § 422.162(c)(1) and in § 423.182(c)(1) to include measures that reflect structure, process, and outcome indices of quality, including Part C measures that reflect the clinical care provided, beneficiary experience, changes in physical and mental health, and benefit administration, and Part D measures that reflect beneficiary experiences and benefit administration. The measures encompass data submitted directly by MA organizations (MAOs) and Part D sponsors to CMS, surveys of MA and Part D enrollees, data collected by CMS contractors, and CMS administrative data. We also proposed, primarily so that the regulation text is complete on this point, a regulatory provision at §§ 422.162(c)(2) and 423.182(c)(2) that requires MA organizations and Part D plan sponsors to submit unbiased, accurate, and complete quality data as described in paragraph (c)(1) of each section. Our authority to collect quality data is clear under the statute and existing regulations, such as section 1852(e)(3)(A) and 1860D-4(d) and §§ 422.12(b)(2) and 423.156. We proposed the paragraph (c)(2) regulation text to ensure that the quality ratings system regulations include a regulation on this point for readers and to avoid confusion in the future about the authority to collect this data. In addition, it is important that the data underlying the ratings are unbiased, accurate, and complete so that the ratings themselves are reliable. This regulation text will clearly establish the sponsoring organization’s responsibility to submit data that can be reliably used to calculate ratings and measure plan performance.
If you turn 65 and are covered under your working spouse’s employer group health plan, you may want to delay enrolling in Medicare Part B. Note: Group health plans of employers with 20 or more employees must offer spouses of active workers the same health benefits regardless of age or health status.
New paragraph (c)(9), which provides dual and other LIS-eligible beneficiaries who have a change in their Medicaid or LIS-eligible status an SEP, is modified to allow a 3-month window to make a change.
Generally, Medicare Supplement plans don’t cover: Effective date: These regulations are effective on April 9, 2013. Compliance date: Applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations must begin to collect the required data on August 1, 2013 and report the data to CMS by March 31, 2014.
We considered multiple alternatives related to the SEP proposal. In the proposed rule, we described and asked for comments on two alternatives: (iv) The adjusted measures scores for the selected measures are determined using the results from regression models of beneficiary-level measure scores that adjust for the average within-contract difference in measure scores for MA or PDP contracts.
Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers skilled nursing care in a skilled nursing facility under certain conditions for a limited time. The conditions are: up to 100 days of skilled nursing facility care, but only after a hospital stay of at least three days.
Under the current PIP regulation at § 422.208, aggregate stop-loss protection must cover 90 percent of the costs of referral services that exceed 25 percent of potential payments. Per patient stop-loss protection must cover 90 percent of the cost of referral services that exceed the per-patient deductible limit. The current stop-loss insurance deductible Start Printed Page 16678limits are identified in a table codified at § 422.208(f)(2)(iii). The current regulation contains a chart that identifies per-patient stop-loss deductible limits for single combined; separate institutional; and separate professional insurance. The current regulation establishes requirements for stop-loss attachment points (deductibles) based on the patient panel size. There is no requirement for stop-loss protection when the physician or physician group has a panel of risk patients of more than 25,000; we did not propose to change this requirement or the general rule that aggregate stop-loss protection must cover 90 percent of the costs of referral services that exceed 25 percent of potential payments. We noted in the proposed rule our belief that the general provisions in the current regulation—for example, the determination of substantial financial risk (see § 422.208(d)(2))—do not need to be updated. We did seek comment about whether the definitions of “substantial financial risk” and “risk threshold” contained in the current regulation should be revisited, including whether the current identification of 25 percent of potential payments codified in paragraph (d)(2) remains appropriate as the standard in light of changes in medical cost.
For Insurers PART 423—VOLUNTARY MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT Many Medicare Advantage plans cover prescription drugs. They may include additional benefits, such as routine vision, hearing, and dental services. Not every Medicare Advantage plan covers prescription medications, but the ones that do are called Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans (sometimes abbreviated as MA-PDs). If you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you still continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. You may also have a Medicare Advantage plan premium to pay, depending upon the plan you select.
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