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Response: In section V.C.16 of the proposed rule (82 FR 56488), we explained that, if our proposed reduction in the amount of MLR data reported to CMS were to be finalized, we would reduce the amount we currently pay to contractors for software development, data management, and technical support related to MLR reporting. We intend to discontinue development of the more detailed MA and Part D reporting template after we collect the MLR reports for contract year 2017. We intend to continue to make available the prior years’ more detailed MLR reporting templates (used in contract years 2014 through 2017) on the CMS website ( as well as in the Health Plan Management System (HPMS). Therefore, commenters can continue to utilize the prior years’ more detailed MLR reporting templates to assist with their MLR calculations.

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Comment: A few commenters stated that CMS should conduct an analysis of Part D plan formularies to ensure plans are not discriminating against beneficiaries by always placing certain classes of drugs on specialty tiers. A commenter asserted that, without standardized tiering in Part D, nothing prevents plans from putting high cost brand name drugs on specialty tiers to avoid having to offer tiering exceptions. The commenter stated that CMS should establish additional requirements for tiered formularies, such as requiring that all generic drugs be placed on tier 1 or tier 2. Another commenter recommended that CMS continue to explore improvements to benefit design and meaningful exceptions to high cost-sharing.
(ii) Requirements of Drug Management Programs (§§ 423.153, 423.153(f)) Research Preventive Visits State We proposed in §§ 422.166(a) and 423.186(a) the methods for calculating Star Ratings at the measure level. As part of the Part C and D Star Ratings system, Star Ratings are currently calculated at the measure level. To separate a distribution of scores into distinct groups or star categories, a set of values must be identified to separate one group from another group. The set of values that break the distribution of the scores into non-overlapping groups is a set of cut points. We proposed to continue to determine cut points by applying either clustering or a relative distribution and significance testing methodology; we proposed to codify this policy in paragraphs (a)(1) of each section. We proposed in paragraphs (a)(2) and (a)(3) of each section that for non-CAHPS measures (including the improvement measures, which were specifically addressed in paragraphs (a)(2)(iii), we would use a clustering methodology and that for CAHPS measures, we would use relative distribution and significance testing. Measure scores will be converted to a 5-Start Printed Page 16568star scale ranging from 1 to 5, with whole star increments. A rating of 5 stars will indicate the highest Star Rating possible, while a rating of 1 star will be the lowest rating on the scale. We proposed to use the two methodologies described as follows to convert measure scores to measure-level Star Ratings.
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Physical and occupational therapy* As Director of Medicare Marketing at Independence Blue Cross, Kortney is a long-time leader accountable for marketing Medicare products and services to the communities we serve. She is directly responsible for the development and execution of direct-to-consumer, member retention, and broker/agent sales communications and oversees tele-sales capabilities. Her goal is to deliver innovative and value driven communications and is passionate about enriching the connection between Independence Blue Cross and our membership.
5 Proposed Rules Given this, we proposed in the November 28, 2017 proposed rule to include these provisions in new paragraph (c)(5). They were to be enumerated as, respectively, new paragraphs (c)(5)(ii), (c)(5)(ii)(A), (c)(5)(ii)(B), (c)(5)(iii), and (c)(5)(iv). Paragraphs (c)(5)(i), (c)(5)(ii), and (c)(5)(iii)(B)(2) were not to be included in new paragraph (c)(5). We also noted in the November 28, 2017 proposed rule that in the May 6, 2015 IFC, we revised § 423.120(c)(6)(i) to require a Part D plan sponsor to reject, or require its pharmaceutical benefit manager (PBM) to reject, a pharmacy claim for a Part D drug, unless the claim contained the NPI of the prescriber who prescribed the drug. This provision, too, reflected existing Part D claims procedures and policies that comply with section 507 of MACRA. We therefore proposed to retain this provision and sought comment on associated burdens or unintended consequences and alternative approaches. However, we proposed to move it from paragraph (c)(6) to paragraph (c)(5) so that most of the NPI provisions in § 423.120 were included in one paragraph. We stated in the proposed rule that these new provisions would not only effectively implement section 507 of MACRA but also enhance Part D program integrity by streamlining and strengthening procedures for ensuring the identity of prescribers of Part D drugs.
In addition to general authority for the Secretary to establish the process through which MA plan election is made by Medicare beneficiaries, section 1851(c)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act authorizes the Secretary to implement default enrollment rules for the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. This default enrollment is in addition to the statutory direction that beneficiaries who do not elect an MA plan are defaulted to original (fee-for-service) Medicare. Section 1851(c)(3)(A)(ii) states that the Secretary may establish procedures whereby an individual currently enrolled in a non-MA health plan offered by an MA organization at the time of his or her Initial Coverage Election Period is deemed to have elected an MA plan offered by the organization if he or she does not elect to receive Medicare coverage in another way. We proposed new regulation text to establish limits and requirements for these types of default enrollments to address our administrative experience with and concerns raised about these types of default enrollments under our existing practice. Based on our experience with the seamless conversion process thus far, we proposed to codify at § 422.66(c)(2) requirements for seamless default enrollments upon initial eligibility for Medicare. As proposed, such default enrollments would be into dual eligible special needs plans (D-SNPs) and would be subject to five substantive conditions: (1) The state has approved use of this default enrollment process and provided Medicare eligibility information to the MA organization; (2) CMS has approved the MA organization to use the default enrollment process before any enrollments are processed; (3) the individual is enrolled in an affiliated Medicaid managed care plan and is dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid; (4) the MA organization provides a notice that meets CMS requirements to the individual; and (5) the individual does not opt out of the default enrollment. We proposed that coverage under these types of default enrollments begin on the first of the month that the individual’s Part A and Part B eligibility is effective. We also proposed changes to §§ 422.66(d)(1) and (d)(5) and 422.68 that coordinate with the proposal for § 422.66.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) We did not propose any changes to the use of the term “marketing” in §§ 422.384, 422.504(a)(17), 422.504(d)(2)(vi), or 422.514, as those regulations use the term in a way that is consistent with the proposed definition of the term “marketing,” and the underlying requirements and standards do not need to be extended to all communications from an MA organization.
For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services amends 42 CFR chapter IV as set forth below: Financial Eligibility
Comment: We received some comments related to requirements to translate these beneficiary notices. Some of the commenters stated that these notices should be designated to be among materials subject to translation requirements in proposed §§ 422.2268 and 423.2268. A commenter asked for clarification on whether plans are required to include section 1557 taglines with these notices.
Find plan documents Long-Term Care Alternatives to Medicare Local Coverage Information 8/19/2018 Every Thursday Diabetes Care (CDC)— Kidney Disease Monitoring Comment: CMS received a few comments suggesting the Diabetes Care—Kidney Disease Monitoring measure be removed from the Star Ratings program due to the commenters belief the measure is `topped out.’ A measure is considered `topped out’ when it shows high performance across all contracts decreasing the variability across contracts and making the measure unreliable.
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OTHER RESOURCES: Response: We appreciate the support of our proposed requirement for provider network comparability as a minimum requirement for an integrated D-SNP’s eligibility for passive enrollment. We disagree with the commenters’ suggestion that we limit our eligibility analysis on provider network comparability given our emphasis on continuity of care in the application of this limited expansion of CMS’ passive enrollment authority. We believe that this comparability analysis will minimize the number of enrollees whose provider relationships are disrupted as a result of passive enrollment and will encourage retention following enrollees’ transition to a new integrated D-SNP. We are therefore finalizing the requirements for assessing network comparability as a condition for eligibility for passive enrollment under § 422.60(g)(1)(iii) as proposed.
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(ii) The 5 domains for the MA Star Ratings are: Staying Healthy: Screenings, Tests and Vaccines; Managing Chronic (Long Term) Conditions; Member Experience with Health Plan; Member Complaints and Changes in the Health Plan’s Performance; and Health Plan Customer Service. The 4 domains for the Part D Star Ratings are: Drug Plan Customer Service; Member Complaints and Changes in the Drug Plan’s Performance; Member Experience with the Drug Plan; and Drug Safety and Accuracy of Drug Pricing.
Further Reading Response: We do not believe we have the authority to regulate commercial health plans or other non-Medicare product lines offered by the MAO.
Response: CMS currently and as proposed, has a safeguard for highly-rated contracts. CMS applies the hold harmless provision for a highly-rated contract’s highest rating. As proposed, a contract that receives 4 stars or more without the use of the improvement measures and with all applicable adjustments (CAI and the reward factor) will have their final overall rating as the higher of either the rating calculated including or excluding the improvement measure(s). CMS believes the hold harmless provision is appropriate to apply for highly-rated contracts since they have less room for improvement and, consequently, may have lower scores for the improvement measure(s).
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a. In the introductory text, by removing the phrase “reviews of reports submitted” and adding in its place “review of data submitted”; and
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Report: These 3 vitamin supplements are actually worth the money Comment: In response to our solicitation of comments on limits that should be set with respect to doses for opioid prescriptions, a commenter stated that CMS should manage the opioid epidemic outside of these proposed provisions. The commenter stated that creating separate policies for opioid and non-opioid medications: (1) Is extremely burdensome; and (2) introduces additional and unnecessary complexities into a new process when there are already better clinical programs in place to manage this crisis. The commenter encouraged CMS to issue uniform regulations regarding provisional fills and to utilize Part D sponsors’ clinical programs to combat the opioid epidemic.
Have questions? We are here to help! DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsa1408705 2012: 38  Community Rating — This is the least common way policies are priced in California. No age-rated or community-rated policies cost the same to all members, regardless of age. Within this structure, younger members may pay more than they would for other policies, and older members may pay less.
Even though Medigap plans are run by private companies such as Blue Cross, United Healthcare, or Humana, every Medigap policy must be standardized and must follow Federal and state laws.There are multiple “F” plans offered by multiple companies, but they’re all exactly the same plan by Medicare rule. This makes it easy to compare “F” plans between two companies, since they are the exact same coverage but not necessarily the same price. To clarify further still, that means that each private company that offers a certain plan has to offer the exact same benefits as their competition. The same can be said for the “N” plans, the “C” plans, and so on.
TurboTax > Section 17005 of the 21st Century Cures Act (the Cures Act) modified section 1851(e)(2) of the Act to eliminate the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP) and to establish, beginning in 2019, a new open enrollment period (OEP) to be held from January 1 to March 31 each year. Subject to the MA plan being open to enrollees as provided under § 422.60(a)(2), the OEP allows individuals enrolled in an MA plan to make a one-time election during the first 3 months of the calendar year to switch MA plans or to disenroll from an MA plan and obtain coverage through Original Medicare. In addition, this provision affords newly MA-eligible individuals (those with Part A and Part B) who enroll in a MA plan, the opportunity to also make a one-time election to change MA plans or drop MA coverage and obtain Original Medicare. Planning Tips and Tools > Morning Edition People can continue to enroll in a Cost plan throughout 2018 if they have an existing relationship with that health plan. For example, if you’re on a commercial plan that also offers a Medicare Cost plan, you can enroll in their Cost plan. Or, if your spouse is a Cost plan member you can enroll in that plan, too.
Editorial Board ++ Revise paragraph (b) to state that if an MA organization receives a request for payment by, or on behalf of, an individual or entity that is excluded by the OIG or an individual or entity that is included on the preclusion list, defined in § 422.2, the MA organization must notify the enrollee and the excluded individual or entity or the individual or entity included on the preclusion list in writing, as directed by contract or other direction provided by CMS, that payments will not be made. Payment may not be made to, or on behalf of, an individual or entity that is excluded by the OIG or is included on the preclusion list.”
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** Medicare Supplement insurance plans A through G provide benefits at higher premiums with limited out-of-pocket costs. Plans K through N are cost-sharing plans offering similar benefits at lower premiums with greater out-of-pocket costs. Some companies may offer additional innovative benefits.
Requirement applicable to related entities. b. In paragraph (a)(3) by removing the phrase “a coverage determination is made” and adding in its place “a coverage determination or at-risk determination is made” and by removing the phrase “after the coverage determination considered” and adding in its place “after the coverage determination or at-risk determination considered”.
Become a member NCDs by Chapter/Section Receiving MA plans must not have any prohibition on new enrollment imposed by CMS.
Trump’s proposed $4 trillion budget would sharply raise the deficit By performing SGA, that means the SSA has “ceased” the cash payments. Cessation occurs when the person first performs Substantial Gainful Activity after the end of the TWP.
Stay updated with the latest news on health care innovation and wellness! Original Medicare Articles Comment: We received comments supportive of our proposal to apply the standards we are establishing in rulemaking for clinical guidelines in § 423.153(f)(16) to develop future OMS criteria through the annual Medicare Parts C&D Call Letter process beginning with plan year 2020.
b. Update Deductible Limits and Codify Methodology Commissioner Since January 1, 2006, prescription drug plans (Medicare Part D) have been available to everyone with Medicare.  If you decide not to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan when you’re first eligible, and you don’t have other creditable prescription drug coverage, or you don’t get Extra Help, you’ll likely pay a late enrollment penalty.
Emergency Coverage Worldwide Medicare and vision care (3) Relative distribution and significance testing for CAHPS measures. The method combines evaluating the relative percentile distribution with significance testing and accounts for the reliability of scores produced from survey data; no measure Star Rating is produced if the reliability of a CAHPS measure is less than 0.60. Low reliability scores are defined as those with at least 11 respondents, reliability greater than or equal to 0.60 but less than 0.75, and also in the lowest 12 percent of contracts ordered by reliability. The following rules apply:
SIGN UP & SAVE Comment: A commenter stated that in CMS’ implementation of the preclusion list, the beneficiary should be held harmless (unless the beneficiary has engaged in some manner of fraud).
We are committed to transforming the health care delivery system—and the Medicare program—by putting a strong focus on person-centered care, in accordance with the CMS Quality Strategy, so each provider can direct their time and resources to each beneficiary and improve their outcomes. As part of this commitment, one of our most important strategic goals is to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries. The Part C and D Star Ratings support the efforts of CMS to improve the level of accountability for the care provided by health and drug plans, physicians, hospitals, and other Medicare providers. We currently publicly report the quality and performance of health and drug plans on the Medicare Plan Finder tool on in the form of summary and overall ratings for the contracts under which each MA plan (including MA-PD plans) and Part D plan is offered, with drill downs to ratings for domains, ratings for individual measures, and underlying performance data. We also post additional measures on the display page [31] at for informational purposes. The goals of the Star Ratings are to display quality information on Medicare Plan Finder to help beneficiaries, families, and caregivers make informed choices by being able to consider a plan’s quality, cost, and coverage; to provide information for public accountability; to incentivize quality improvement; to provide information to oversee and monitor quality; and to accurately measure and calculate scores and stars to reflect true performance. In addition, CMS has made strides in recognizing the challenges of serving high risk, high needs populations while continuing the focus on improving health care for these important groups.
The pulse of medicine If you want Original Medicare: Which Part D prescription drug plan to sign up for (if any), whether to decline Part B because you or your spouse is still working and can get employer-sponsored coverage, and whether to sign up for a Medigap (Medicare Supplement) policy.
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Using the subset of the measures that meet the basic inclusion requirements, we proposed to select the measure set for adjustment based on the analysis of the dispersion of the LIS/DE within-contract differences using all reportable numeric scores for contracts receiving a rating in the previous rating year. For the selection of the Part D measures, MA-PDs and PDPs will be independently analyzed. For each contract, the proportion of enrollees receiving the measured clinical process or outcome for LIS/DE and non-LIS/DE beneficiaries would be estimated separately, and the difference between the LIS/DE and non-LIS/DE performance rates per contract will be calculated. CMS proposed to use a logistic mixed effects model for estimation purposes that includes LIS/DE as a predictor, random effects for contract and an interaction term of contract and LIS/DE. Using the analysis of the dispersion of the within-contract disparity of all contracts included in the modelling, the measures for adjustment would be identified employing the following decision criteria: (A) A median absolute difference between LIS/DE and non-LIS/DE beneficiaries for all contracts analyzed is 5 percentage points or more or [67] (B) the LIS/DE subgroup performed better or worse than the non-LIS/DE subgroup in all contracts. We proposed to codify these paragraphs for the selection criteria for the adjusted measures for the CAI at paragraph (f)(2)(iii).
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