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The right of an enrollee to appeal an at-risk determination will also have an associated cost. As explained, we estimate a total hourly burden of 178 hours at an annual estimated cost of $35,183 in 2019. As previously discussed, we estimate that 1,846 beneficiaries will meet the criteria for being identified as an at-risk beneficiary. Based on validated program data for 2015, 24 percent of all adverse coverage determinations were appealed to level 1. Given the nature of drug management programs, the extensive level of case management conducted by plans prior to making the at-risk determination, and the opportunity for an at-risk beneficiary to submit preferences to the plan prior to lock-in implementation, we believe it is Start Printed Page 16706reasonable to assume that this rate of appeal will be reduced by at least 50 percent for at-risk determinations made under a drug management program. Therefore, this estimate is based on an assumption that about 12 percent of the beneficiaries estimated to be subject to an at-risk determination (1,846) will appeal the determination. Hence, we estimate that there will be 222 level 1 appeals (1,846 × 12 percent). We estimate it takes 48 minutes (0.8 hours) to process a level 1 appeal. There is a statutory requirement that a physician with appropriate expertise make the determination for an appeal of an adverse initial determination based on medical necessity. Thus, we estimate an hourly burden of 178 hours (222 appeals × 0.8) at a cost of $197.66 per hour for physicians to perform these appeals. Thus the total cost in 2019 is estimated as $35,183 = 178 hours × $197.66.
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What You Pay l. Measure-Level Star Ratings When you consider assisted living, make sure you understand what is covered in the fees that you pay and then compare those costs to your current living situation. You may find assisted living is more affordable than you thought! And make sure you talk with your financial planner about your options!
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26–50 −0.48 (0.30) −0.20 (0.27) The proposal was designed to support state efforts to increase enrollment of dually eligible individuals into fully integrated systems of care There is evidence  that such systems improve health outcomes so supporting efforts to increase use those systems is consistent with overall CMS policy. Further, we believe then, and now, that the proposal provided states with additional flexibility and control.
Under our proposal, default enrollment of individuals at the time of their conversion to Medicare would be more limited than the default enrollments Congress authorized the Secretary to permit in section 1851(c)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act. However, we also proposed some flexibility for MA organizations that wish to offer seamless continuation of coverage to their non-Medicare members (commercial, Medicaid or otherwise) who are gaining Medicare eligibility. We further proposed to amend § 422.66(d)(5) and to establish, through subregulatory guidance, a new and simplified positive (that is, “opt in”) election process that would be available to all MA organizations for their commercial, Medicaid or other non-Medicare plan members. To reflect this proposal for a simplified election process, we proposed to add text in § 422.66(d)(5) authorizing a simplified election for purposes of converting existing non-Medicare coverage to MA coverage offered by the same organization. This new simplified enrollment process aimed to lessen burden for MA organizations, make enrollment easier for the newly-eligible beneficiary to complete, and provide opportunity for beneficiary choice, so that beneficiaries could remain with the organization that offers their non-Medicare coverage or select another MA plan that meets their individual needs with respect to provider network, prescription drug formularies, and cost and benefit structures. We explained that our new election process would provide a longer period of time for MA organizations to accept enrollment requests than the time period in which MA organizations would be required to effectuate default enrollments, as organizations would be able to accept simplified enrollments throughout the individual’s Initial Coverage Election Period (ICEP), provided he or she enrolled in both Medicare Parts A and B when first eligible. We proposed to use existing authority to create this new enrollment mechanism, which would be available to MA organizations in the 2019 contract year. We solicited comments on the proposed changes to § 422.66(d)(5) and the form and manner of the simplified enrollments.
Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule that included major changes to the existing MSSP ACO (accountable care organization) program. As Healthcare Informatics reported, referred to as “Pathways to Success,” CMS’ proposal, which has been expected for a few months, looks to redesign the program’s participation options by removing the traditional three tracks in the MSSP model and replacing them with two tracks that eligible ACOs would enter into for an agreement period of no less than five years: the BASIC track and the ENHANCED track.
Rachel Licata Acquisition Cost of Equipment [Education] As mentioned previously, since the inception of the Part D program, Part D statute, regulations, and sub-regulatory guidance have referred to “mail-order” pharmacy and services without defining the term “mail order.” While mail-order pharmacies could be considered one of several subsets of non-retail pharmacies, we never defined the term mail-order pharmacy in regulation, nor have we specified access or service-level requirements at § 423.120(a) for mail-order pharmacies. Unclear references to the term “mail order” have generated confusion in the marketplace over what constitutes “mail-order” pharmacy or services. This confusion has contributed to complaints from pharmacies and Part D enrollees regarding how Part D plan sponsors classify pharmacies for network participation, the Plan Finder, and Part D enrollee cost-sharing expectations. Additionally, we received complaints from pharmacies that may offer home delivery services by mail among other services offered by their overall operation, but that are not mail-order pharmacies as Part D plan sponsors have traditionally defined the term. These pharmacies have complained because Part D plan sponsors singularly classified them as mail-order pharmacies for network participation despite their other non-mail-order services and required them to be licensed in all United States, territories, and the District of Columbia, as would be required for traditional mail-order pharmacies providing the Part D plan sponsor’s mail-order benefit at mail-order cost sharing. Therefore, to clarify what a mail-order pharmacy is, we proposed to define mail-order pharmacy at § 423.100 as a licensed pharmacy that dispenses and delivers extended days’ supplies of covered Part D drugs via common carrier at mail-order cost sharing.
The date the beneficiary demonstrates through a subsequent determination, including but not limited to, a successful appeal, that the beneficiary is no longer likely, in the absence of the limitation under this paragraph, to be an at-risk beneficiary; or
Comment: A commenter urged CMS to expand efforts to coordinate and increase the sharing of information with other federal public programs, state medical boards, and other entities on potentially problematic prescribing to help inform the identification of prescribers who should appear on the preclusion list.
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Disenrollment from a Medicare Advantage Plan Response: The number of groups in each dimension (LIS/DE and disabled) are determined after reviewing each of the distributions using the percentages of LIS/DE and disabled across all contracts (MAs and PDPs are examined Start Printed Page 16586separately) using the applicable data. The MA LIS/DE distribution for the 2018 CAI had shifted slightly as compared to the data for the 2017 CAI development, so the decision was made to increase the number of initial groups for the LIS/DE dimension and maintain the same number of groups for the disabled dimension. The number of initial categories for the 2018 CAI values was increased from 50 (10 LIS/DE groups and 5 groups for disability) to 60 (12 LIS/DE groups and 5 groups for disability). The use of additional initial categories in 2018 did not significantly impact the number of final adjustment categories (FAC) since the collapsing of the initial categories is done to maintain monotonicity and maintain a minimum number of contracts per FAC, while striving for a minimum differential between the FACs. After examining the distributions for PDPs, the use of the same number of initial groups for each dimensions was determined to be appropriate. Additional initial categories do not enhance or refine the final adjustment categories, but rather can cause instability in the CAI values.
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For data quality issues identified during the calculation of the Star Ratings for a given year, we proposed to continue our current practice of removing the measure from the Star Ratings.
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About the Commissioner As you can imagine, that principal will likely create some anxiety and confusion in that first grader’s mind—and to a certain extent, I think physician’s feel this same anxiety and confusion.
(E) NewRx. People under age 65 who get Medicare because of disabilities have a six-month open enrollment period beginning the day they enroll in Medicare Part B. This open enrollment right only applies to Medicare supplement Plan A.
So the key question is this: will provider organization leaders, and most especially the leaders of physician groups, respond with enthusiasm to this new CMS proposal, or will they recoil from it, and begin to flee the MSSP program? One of the most difficult challenges for CMS officials lies in how to most precisely calibrate their pressing down on the levers of reimbursement in order to compel providers forward. If they push down too lightly, the pace of change will be sluggish; but if they push down too hard, it could send provider organizations fleeing. Seema Verma and her fellow CMS officials have taken a calculated risk with this new move, and, from the reactions so far, they could face an uphill battle in their quest to push physician groups and hospitals forward faster without causing them to jump ship altogether and flee the MSSP program. Only time will tell; but the economic imperatives facing the administration are clear, as the Medicare actuaries predict a 70-percent increase in overall U.S. healthcare spending over next several years. But for an administration that is ostensibly committed both to healthcare system solutions that are as free market-based as possible, and also committed to doing everything possible to curb accelerating healthcare system costs, the built-in contradictions are already forcing awkward policy and payment moves. Without question, CMS, and all of us, are clearly already in uncharted territory. And only time will tell how skillful the agency’s navigation across that territory will have proven; so—stay tuned.
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Pre-Existing Condition Disaster information Joan’s Tips Medicaid: Medicaid, which provides federal health-care assistance to low-income Americans, is the biggest payer for room, board, nursing care, and social activities in nursing homes. Many, but not all, states now cover some assisted living services under their Medicaid programs; however, these fluctuate widely in terms of eligibility requirements, and dollar amounts of coverage. The Senior Assisted Housing Waiver provides eligible low-income adults a choice of receiving senior living care services in a community-based setting rather than in a nursing facility. Bear in mind that faced with budget deficits for years to come, states are more likely to cut, rather than expand, these programs.
Students Return Final decisions haven’t been made on exactly which counties in Minnesota will lose Cost plans next year, the government said. But based on current figures, insurance companies expect that Cost plans are going away in 66 counties across the state including those in the Twin Cities metro. They are expected to continue in 21 counties, carriers said, plus North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
(i) When the clinical guidelines associated with the specifications of the measure change such that the specifications are no longer believed to align with positive health outcomes; or
Section 1852(e) of the Act requires that Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations have an ongoing Quality Improvement (QI) Program for the purpose of improving the quality of care provided to enrollees in the organization’s MA plans. The statute requires that the MA organization include a Chronic Care Improvement Program (CCIP) as part of the overall QI Program.
We proposed to codify our new policy at §§ 422.162(b)(3) and 423.182(b)(3). First, we proposed generally, at paragraph (b)(3)(i) of each regulation, that CMS will assign Star Ratings for consolidated contracts using the provisions of paragraph (b)(3). We proposed in § 422.162(b)(3) both a specific rule to address the QBP rating for the first year after the consolidation and a rule for subsequent years. As Part D plan sponsors are not eligible for QBPs, § 423.182(b)(3) was proposed without the QBP aspect. We proposed in § 422.162(b)(3)(iv) and § 423.182(b)(3)(ii) the process for assigning Star Ratings for posting on the Medicare Plan Finder for the first 2 years following the consolidation.
Q1Medicare FAQs: Most Read and Newest Questions & Answers The initial enrollment period is the ideal time to decide if you prefer Original Medicare, Part D prescription drug coverage or a Medicare Advantage Plan. The SSA provides more information online including online application if you prefer to complete the initial application online instead of in-person.
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France The media reported the “news” in its predictable fashion; painting a bleak picture of the program some 59 million older and disabled Americans depend on for their health care. Every year the media fail to give the full or nuanced picture of what’s happening, instead opting for dramatic headlines announcing the program is broke. This year is no different.
(iii) Update the clinical codes with no change in the target population or the intent of the measure; In discussing previous revisions to our transition regulations, we noted that in requiring multiple fills for the entire length of the 90-day transition period in our April 15, 2010 final rule, we had pointed out that the often complex needs of LTC residents frequently involved multiple drugs and necessitated longer periods in order to successfully transition to new drug regimens. (CMS-4085-F, 75 FR 19678).
Response: Based on the comments received, we are not persuaded that beneficiaries in assisted living facilities should be exempt from Part D drug management programs, because we do not believe that these facilities routinely dispense drugs to their residents through a contract with a single pharmacy, and therefore these beneficiaries could be identified by the clinical guidelines on this or another basis and be potentially at-risk. However, if a sponsor learned during case management that a beneficiary resides in an assisted living facility that does dispense drugs through a contract with a single pharmacy, then the sponsor must exempt such resident from its drug management program.
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Publication type My Benefits Profile November 2017 (3) (ii) The sponsor must receive confirmation from the prescriber(s) or pharmacy(ies) or both, as applicable, that the selection is accepted before conveying this information to the at-risk beneficiary, unless the pharmacy has agreed in advance in a network agreement with the sponsor to accept all such selections and the agreement specifies how the pharmacy will be notified by the sponsor of its selection.
Upon signing the law, Nixon said, “It reaffirms and reinforces America’s traditional efforts to assist those of our citizens, who, through no fault of their own, are unable to help themselves. America has always cared for its aged poor, the blind, and the disabled–and this bill will move that concern to higher ground by providing better and more equitable benefits.”
Comment: Some commenters suggested alternative methodologies to determine cut points. A commenter suggested the use of a forced distribution rather than clustering to capture the true distribution of plan performance; assigning cut points by applying an adjustment factor to the prior year’s results based on historical performance; or calculating the average change in the median from the prior 3 years and apply that to determine the current cut points. A few commenters suggested using the industry average. A commenter suggested using the industry average as the basis of a 3-star rating.
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