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By Kamala Kelkar 20. Plotzke M, Christian TJ, Pozniak A, et al. Medicare hospice payment reform: analyses to support payment reform: interim report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates, May 1, 2014 (http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/Hospice/Downloads/May-2014-AnalysesToSupportPaymentReform.pdf).
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Response: We appreciate the commenter’s recommendation. We agree that a notice period is necessary to effectively transition beneficiaries. Accordingly, and as mentioned previously, we are specifying that after the prescriber or provider has exhausted their first level appeal, there will be a 90-day period, during which time the plan can begin working to transition the beneficiary to a new prescriber or provider. The 90-day period allows the plans 30-days to intake the preclusion data and a 60-day beneficiary notification period. Subsequent updates to the list will provide any newly added provider with a 60-day appeals window but will not provide a 90-day period as discussed above, thus after implementation beneficiaries may not be notified that they may have received a prescription or services from a provider that is now precluded.
The New Active Adult Housing ► The Donut Hole or Coverage Gap Supplement plan Cost plan Radiology ++ CMS determines that the underlying conduct that would have led to the revocation is detrimental to the best interests of the Medicare program. In making this determination under this paragraph, CMS considers the following factors: (1) The seriousness of the conduct involved; (2) the degree to which the individual’s or entity’s conduct could affect the integrity of the Medicare program; and (3) any other evidence that CMS deems relevant to its determination.
All Programs Filing a Complaint (iii) A Part D sponsor must not later recoup payment from a network pharmacy for a claim that does not contain an active and valid individual prescriber NPI on the basis that it does not contain one, unless the sponsor—
AAA Traveler Worldwise We proposed, in paragraphs (g)(1)(i) through (iii), rules for specific circumstances where we believe a specific response is appropriate. First, we proposed a continuation of a current policy: To reduce HEDIS measures to 1 star when audited data are submitted to NCQA with an audit designation of “biased rate” or BR based on an auditor’s review of the data if a plan chooses to report; this proposal will also apply when a plan chooses not to submit and has an audit designation of “non-report” or NR. Second, we proposed to continue to reduce Part C and D Reporting Requirements data, that is, data required pursuant to §§ 422.514 and 423.516, to 1 star when a contract did not score at least 95 percent on data validation for the applicable reporting section or was not compliant with data validation standards/sub-standards for data directly used to calculate the associated measure. In our view, data that do not reach at least 95 percent on the data validation standards are not sufficiently accurate, impartial, and complete for use in the Star Ratings. We explained in the preamble that as the sponsoring organization is responsible for these data and submits them to CMS, a negative inference is appropriate, to conclude that performance is likely poor. Third, we proposed a new specific rule to implement scaled reductions in Star Ratings for appeal measures in both Part C and Part D.
These types of services may also be available through other programs, like the Area Agency on Aging, Medicare, or hospice programs. Learn more about Medicare’s coverage of hospice and home health services.
Response: As we stated in a previous response with regard to beneficiaries who move into LTC facilities, a sponsor must remove an exempted beneficiary from a drug management program as soon as it reliably learns that the beneficiary is exempt, whether that be via the beneficiary, the facility, a pharmacy, a prescriber, or an internal or external report.
MAGI Reported on 2015 Income Tax Return (for 2017) Mental health care (outpatient) Hearing Loss Hearing Loss Help Before selecting a prescriber or pharmacy under this paragraph, a Part D plan sponsor must notify the prescriber or pharmacy, as applicable, that the beneficiary has been identified for inclusion in the drug management program for at-risk beneficiaries and that the prescriber or pharmacy or both is(are) being selected as the beneficiary’s designated prescriber or pharmacy or both for frequently abused drugs. For prescribers, this notification occurs during case management as described in Start Printed Page 16473paragraph (f)(2) or when the prescriber provides agreement pursuant to paragraph (f)(4)(i)(B).
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The therapy caps have long been opposed by organizations like AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, but they were also never actually enforced. In order to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries would always be able to obtain necessary outpatient therapy, a system was put in place to allow for medically necessary therapy benefits up to a higher threshold, and a manual review of therapy services that exceeded even that higher threshold (in other words, people who really needed outpatient therapy were still able to receive it, regardless of how long it needed to continue or the total cost).
Information regarding your right to return policy I Am A Provider After consideration of the public comments we received, we are finalizing our proposal to remove the QIP requirements for MA organizations in § 422.152(a)(3) and (d), as proposed. We are reserving those paragraphs.
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Section 1001(5) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111-148), as amended by section 10101(f) of the Health Care Reconciliation Act, also established a new MLR requirement under section 2718 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) that applies to issuers of employer group and individual market private insurance. We refer to the MLR requirements that apply to issuers of private insurance as the “commercial MLR rules.” Regulations implementing the commercial MLR rules are published at 45 CFR part 158.
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This new SEP will allow individuals who have been auto-enrolled, facilitated enrolled, or reassigned into a plan by CMS, as well as those who have been subject to passive enrollment processes discussed in section II.A.8, an opportunity to change plans. Unlike the proposed SEP, this new SEP will be available even if a beneficiary meets the definition of an at-risk beneficiary or potential at-risk beneficiary. Beneficiaries would be able to use this new CMS/State assignment SEP before that enrollment becomes effective (that is, opt out and enroll in a different plan) or within 3 months of the assignment effective date, whichever is later. (Note that this SEP will not apply to individuals who have been subject to default enrollment processes discussed in section II.A.7, as they will be able to use the new Open Enrollment Period (OEP) to make an election.)
After consideration of these comments, we are finalizing with modifications the provisions on CARA appeals with two clarifying changes. First, in this final rule, we are including a definition of at-risk determination to § 423.560 to clarify the types of actions made under the processes at § 423.153(f) that are subject to appeal. In addition to coverage determinations made under a drug management program, an enrollee has the right to appeal the identification as an at-risk beneficiary for prescription drug abuse; a beneficiary specific point-of-sale (POS) edit; the selection of a prescriber or pharmacy for purposes of lock-in; and information sharing for subsequent plan enrollments. Second, proposed new paragraph (a)(1)(v) at § 423.562 has been revised to clarify that determinations made in accordance with the processes at § 423.153(f) are collectively referred to as an at-risk determination as defined at § 423.560.
The General Enrollment period is January 1 through March 31 of each year. Your Medicare coverage will begin July 1 of that year. You will pay a Part B Late Penalty: 10% surcharge for each year you are late in enrolling. This penalty continues forever. For example, if you enrolled four years late, then you will pay a 40% surcharge for every year that you buy Part B.
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As discussed previously, the SEP for dual/LIS status change is separate from the dual SEP. If, for example, a Medicare beneficiary becomes eligible for Medicaid during the year, they would be able to use the dual/LIS status change SEP to change plans. In addition, because they are now a dually-eligible beneficiary, they would also be able to make their allowable quarterly dual SEP election during the first nine months of the year.
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We considered multiple alternatives related to the SEP proposal. In the proposed rule, we described and asked for comments on two alternatives:
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It May Be a Good Year to Shop for a Medicare Plan If you receive Social Security Widow/Widower benefits, you will automatically get a Medicare card after you receiving these benefits for 24 months, or when you turn 65, whichever comes first.
Before you schedule any appointments or tests, be sure that the doctor accepts Medicare, and find out whether he or she “accepts assignment.” A doctor who accepts assignment is called a participating doctor, and will:
Public Access Counselor PORTUGUÊS We proposed several changes to Subpart V of the part 422 and 423 regulations. To better outline these proposed changes, they are addressed in four areas of focus: (a) Including “communication requirements” in the scope of Subpart V or parts 422 and 423, which will include new definitions for “communications” and “communication materials” in §§ 422.2260 and 423.2260; (b) amending §§ 422.2260 and 423.2260 to add a definition of “marketing” in place of the current definition of “marketing materials” and to provide lists identifying marketing materials and non-marketing materials; (c) adding new regulation text to prohibit marketing during the Open Enrollment Period proposed in section II.B.1 of this proposed rule; (d) technical changes to other regulatory provisions as a result of the changes to Subpart V. To the extent necessary, CMS relies on its authority to add regulatory and contract requirements to the cost plan, MA, and Part D programs to propose and (ultimately) adopt these changes. In addition, section 1876(c)(3)(C) authorizes CMS to adopt conditions and procedures under which a cost plan informs potential enrollees about the cost plan, which would clearly cover the scope of regulations proposed in this section that will be applicable to cost plans. We note as well that sections 1851(h) and (j) of the Act (cross-referenced in sections 1860D-1 and 1860D-4(l)) of the Act address activities and direct that the Secretary adopt standards limiting marketing activities, which CMS interprets as permitting regulation of communications about the plan that do not rise to the level of activities and materials that specifically promote enrollment.
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Healthcare Law & Small Businesses Like Medicaid, VA benefits can be extraordinarily complex and should be dealt with by a Veteran Services Officer. Veteran Services Officers volunteer through the United States, frequently at hubs for veterans like American Legion Halls and Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) lodges.
Also earlier in this preamble, we stated that an IHS pharmacy or provider may be the selected pharmacy or Start Printed Page 16472prescriber for at-risk beneficiaries who are entitled to fill prescriptions from IHS, tribal, or Urban Indian (I/T/U) organization pharmacies and receive services through the IHS health system, and that they may go to such a pharmacy or prescriber pursuant to our reasonable access requirement, even if they are not in-network. Therefore, we are adding language to § 423.153(f)(12) to address situations when the sponsor reasonably determines that the selection of an out-of-network prescriber or pharmacy is necessary to provide the beneficiary with reasonable access. This language also addresses our earlier comment that a stand-alone PDP or MA-PD does not have to accept a beneficiary’s selection of a non-network pharmacy or prescriber, except as necessary to provide reasonable access.
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ALSO OF INTEREST Hearings and Decisions Blood sugar (glucose) test strips Response: CMS will determine appropriate compliance action on a case-by-case basis. In doing so, CMS will weigh key factors such as beneficiary harm, and duration and extent of compliance failure.
Comment: A commenter stated that implementing these marketing limitations could prevent a plan from sending marketing mailings to individuals who are not enrolled in a plan, but would otherwise be eligible (for example, age-ins). The commenter states that it is important to note that a purchased mail list could not accurately exclude individuals already enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. The commenter also asked if there could be exceptions to such a prohibition for marketing mailings intended to reach Start Printed Page 16632individuals eligible to enroll in an MA plan outside of using the OEP election period (for example, a targeted age-in mailing).
Emergency Road Service Continue Cancel Comment: A commenter requested that measure changes take 3 years to implement in the Star Ratings and that five years should elapse before those changes could impact payment.
AMA Journal of Ethics Comment: A commenter recommended that CMS weight MA-PD and PDP measures differently based on the plan’s ability to influence outcomes on a measure, for example statin use in persons with diabetes. PDPs should have less weight placed on measures that largely depend on provider behavior, which they have very little ability to impact.
Accessories Should I Get a Long Term Care Policy? Comment: In general, commenters supported our proposal that a Part D sponsor would have to obtain prescriber agreement before implementing prescriber lock-in or a beneficiary-specific claim edit at POS for frequently abused drugs to limit an at-risk beneficiary’s access to coverage for frequently abused drugs, in cases when a prescriber is responsive to case management. These commenters maintained that the prescribers are in the best position to understand the beneficiary’s background and know additional relevant considerations.
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