Comment: A few commenters urged caution in the use of policies determining access to medications based upon thresholds such as MME, which the commenters viewed as a potentially problematic type of one-size-fits all approach. These commenters noted that scientific literature does not support the establishment of a recommended maximum dose for opioids. These commenters also pointed out that the use of such thresholds may result in a false impression of a superior safety profile, which we interpreted to mean that referring to a specific MME level as potentially dangerous may give the impression that a level below that amount is universally safe.
Low-income “dual-eligible” seniors who receive Social Security and also participate in both Medicare and state-run Medicaid programs. Their premiums are absorbed by state Medicaid budgets.
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All Proteins Resources… Jimmo v. Sebelius, No. 5:11-cv-17 (D. Vt.) (Improvement Standard). The settlement in Jimmo was approved on January 24, 2013. CMS issued revisions to its Medicare Benefit Policy Manual to clarify that Medicare coverage is available for skilled maintenance services in the home health, nursing home and outpatient settings. CMS also implemented a nationwide Educational Campaign for all who make Medicare determinations to ensure that beneficiaries with chronic conditions are not denied coverage for critical services because their underlying conditions will not improve. Pursuant to the settlement, counsel for the parties met twice a year to discuss problems with implementation and possible solutions.
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16,800 1,000,000 12 Remember Me Advertise Medicare Questions Data validation is a shared responsibility among CMS, CMS data providers, contractors, and Part C and D sponsors. CMS encourages organizations to routinely monitor their data and immediately alert CMS if errors or anomalies are identified so CMS can address these errors. Contracts are afforded opportunities to review their data before the Star Ratings are calculated, during data collection and during the Plan Preview periods for the Star Ratings. CMS will continue to review the policies and solicit feedback from stakeholders.
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Charts displaying the features of each benefit plan offered by the insurer Many people signing up for Medicare don’t realize that some budget-busters, like dental care and hearing aids, are generally not covered. Neither is care received overseas, long-term care and routine vision, among others.
MA Uniformity Flexibility – Previously, the Medicare Advantage uniformity standard outlined at 42 CFR sec 422.100(d) was interpreted to mean that plan sponsors had to offer all enrollees in a plan in a given service area access to the same benefits at the same level of cost-sharing. CMS is reinterpreting this uniformity requirement to allow plans to “reduce cost-sharing for certain covered benefits, offer lower deductibles for enrollees that meet specific medical criteria, provided that similarly situated enrollees (that is, all enrollees who meet the medical criteria identified by the MA plan for the benefits) are treated the same. In addition, there must be a nexus between the health status or disease state and the specific benefit package designed for enrollees meeting that health status or disease state.” 83 Fed Reg 16480. In other words, starting in 2019, MA plans can offer targeted benefits and/or reduced cost-sharing, at their discretion, based upon enrollees’ particular health condition(s). Targeted supplemental benefits include the new, expanded interpretation of supplemental benefits discussed below.
Comment: A number of commenters sought clarification on the relationship between the OIG exclusion list and the CMS preclusion list. The principal issues raised were as follows: (1) Start Printed Page 16650Whether all parties on the OIG list would be included on the preclusion list; (2) coordination between the preclusion list, the OIG list, and other lists similar to the OIG exclusion list, such as the System for Award Management (SAM); (3) how plans should address situations where a prescriber or provider is on one list but not the other; (4) the hierarchical order of processing when a prescriber or provider appears on multiple lists (for example, whether the preclusion list or the OIG list takes precedence if a provider appears on both lists); and (5) whether the preclusion list criteria will differ from the OIG exclusion list criteria so as to ensure that prescribers and providers are not included on both lists.
Customer Service Comment: CMS received a number of general comments on CAHPS measures. Medicare Part A Premium for 2018 422.222 enrollment ** 0938-0685 120,000 (120,000) varies (426,000) varies (24,077,100)
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15. Section 422.100 is amended— Acknowledged that two policies in the discussion draft were included in the 21st Century Cures Act
ADL status SEE WHAT’S NEW Comment: Many commenters expressed concern about the operational complexities of the preclusion list proposals and the lack of details thus far given. They urged CMS to provide as many operational details about how the preclusion list will be tested, accessed, updated, formatted, downloaded, etc., as early as possible to give all affected parties sufficient time to implement new processes.
CD calculator John Bailey Response: Section 1860D-4(c)(5)(C)(ii) of the Act exempts residents of a long-term care facility rather than pharmacy claims submitted by long-term care pharmacies. Therefore, we find it is appropriate to finalize an exemption that takes the same approach as the statute. However, we note that beneficiaries serviced by long-term care pharmacies may meet another exemption, such as the one for beneficiaries residing in facilities for which frequently abused drugs are dispensed for residents through a contract with a single pharmacy.
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Poll Results Experts Say Viruses May Have Potential for Treating Rare Cancers Brooke Ringel Comment: A commenter stated that § 423.120(c) is among the sections of this rule that are listed as waived for PACE organizations. The commenter asked whether CMS intended to impose the requirements in proposed § 423.120(c)(5) and § 423.120(c)(6) on PACE organizations. If, the commenter asked, the requirements under proposed § 423.120(c)(5) for an active and valid NPI on all pharmacy claims apply to PACE organizations, the commenter requested a waiver for PACE organizations of the requirement in proposed § 423.120(c)(5)(ii) for Part D sponsors to communicate at point-of-sale if an NPI is active and valid. The commenter stated that such a waiver would be consistent with CMS’ recognition of differences in how Part D may be implemented by PACE organizations and the way PACE organizations interact with their contracted pharmacies to obtain Part D drugs on behalf of their participants.
Insurance Diversity Initiative Pharmacy directory (PDF) (a) Agreement to comply with regulations and instructions. The MA organization agrees to comply with all the applicable requirements and conditions set forth in this part and in general instructions. Compliance with Start Printed Page 16734the terms of this paragraph (a) is material to the performance of the MA contract. The MA organization agrees—
(iii) Monitoring reports and notifications about incoming enrollees who meet the definition of an at-risk Start Printed Page 16740beneficiary or a potential at-risk beneficiary in § 423.100 and responding to requests from other sponsors for information about at-risk beneficiaries and potential at-risk beneficiaries who recently disenrolled from the sponsor’s prescription drug benefit plan.
Hospital supplies Occupancy 0–91.7% 1.25 (0.75, 2.09) 1.46 (0.87, 2.45) 3 >=90 >=90 3+ 5+ 3+ 1+ 103,832 44,332 Minimum Criteria. January 2018
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Part B provides a variety of coverage benefits. Coverage includes an annual wellness visit every 12 months, lab work and any necessary X-rays.
We also asked for solutions to address the concerns we identified in the proposed rule, particularly related to Start Printed Page 16498how MA organizations could identify commercial members who are approaching Medicare eligibility based on disability, as well as how plans could confirm MA eligibility and process enrollments without access to the individual’s Medicare number.
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