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Response: There must be an underlying disease condition that is diagnosed, such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, in order for the plan to reduce cost sharing and offer targeted supplemental benefits. As stated in the proposed rule, in identifying eligible enrollees, the MA plan must use medical criteria that are objective and measurable, and the enrollee must be diagnosed by a plan provider or have their existing diagnosis certified or affirmed by a plan provider to assure equal application of the objective criteria necessary to provide equal treatment of similarly situated individuals. Specifically, MA plans offering targeted benefits will be responsible for developing the criteria to identify enrollees who fall within each of the clinical categories selected by an organization. Furthermore, cost sharing reductions and targeted supplemental benefits must be for health care services that are medically related to each disease condition.
Comment: A number of commenters expressed strong support for CMS’ proposed change to the definition of generic drug, noting that it would spur greater price competition, expand access for Part D enrollees, help restrain growth in Part D program spending, reduce costs when medically appropriate, and improve the overall biologic marketplace. Some commenters expressed support of this proposal, contending that it would help non-LIS Part D enrollees in the coverage gap.
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NEJM Career Center Interns Economic Sanctions & Foreign Assets Control Sections 103(b)(1)(B) and 103(b)(2) of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) revised section 1851(j)(2)(D) of the Act to charge the Secretary with establishing guidelines to “ensure that the use of compensation creates incentives for agents/brokers to enroll individuals in the MA plan that is intended to best meet their health care needs.” Section 103(b)(2) of MIPPA revised section 1860D-4(l)(2) of the Act to apply these same guidelines to Part D sponsors. CMS implemented these MIPPA-related changes in a May 23, 2014 final rule (79 FR 29960). The 2014 final rule revised the provisions previously established in Start Printed Page 16686the interim final rule (IFR) adopted on September 18, 2008 (73 FR 54226).
Public Information This is where Medicare Supplement – oftentimes referred to as Medigap – coverage comes in. These plans are designed to fill in the “gaps” that are left by Medicare’s benefits, potentially saving policy holders thousands of dollars per year.
Part D plan sponsors will also be required to send at-risk beneficiaries multiple notices to notify them of about their plan’s drug management program. Part D plan sponsors are already expected to send a notice to some beneficiaries when the Part D plan sponsors decides to implement a beneficiary-specific POS claim edit for opioids. Therefore, we anticipate limited additional burden for Part D plan sponsors to send certain at-risk beneficiaries an additional notice to indicate their lock-in status.
Prescription drug administration message, Go paperless: get Medicare & You electronically US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (2) Non-credible contracts. For each contract under this part that has non-credible experience, as determined in accordance with § 423.2440(d), the Part D sponsor must report to CMS that the contract is non-credible.
Sports & Recreation Sections 1857(e) and 1860D-12(b)(3)(D) of the Act specify that contracts with MA organizations and Part D sponsors shall contain other terms and conditions that the Secretary may find necessary and appropriate. We have previously established that all Part C and Part D sponsoring organizations must have the necessary administrative and management arrangements to have an effective compliance program, as reflected in § 422.503(b)(4)(vi) and § 423.504(b)(4)(vi). Effective compliance programs are those designed and implemented to prevent, detect and correct Medicare non-compliance, fraud waste and abuse and address improper conduct in a timely and well-documented manner. Medicare non-compliance may include inaccurate and untimely payment or delivery of items or medical services, complaints from providers and enrollees, illegal activities and unethical behavior. While there is no “one-size fits all” program for every sponsoring organization, there are seven core elements that must exist to have an effective compliance program that is tailored to the organization’s unique operations, compliance risks, resources and circumstances. These 7 core elements are codified in current regulations at §§ 422.503(b)(4)(vi)(A) through (G) and 423.504(b)(4)(vi)(A) through (G). One of the 7 core elements is training and education. Current regulations require compliance programs for Part C and Part D sponsoring organizations that must include training and education between the compliance officer and the sponsoring organization’s employees, senior administrators, governing body members as well as their first-tier, downstream and related entities (FDRs).
Comment: A commenter requested that plans be able to add their own questions to the surveys to validate and clarify responses. Select a benefit and Hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, medical item suppliers, health care providers, health and drug plans, dialysis facilities.
Invisibilia OTA and PTA Modifier Proposed for Use in 2020 VALSARTAN-HCTZ 160-12.5 MG TAB [Diovan HCT] 297 343 388 376 382 395 393 394 388 390 Medicare Part D covers prescription drugs through private insurance companies contracted with Medicare. Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage is available not only from Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans (described above), but also from stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans.
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Comment: A few commenters suggested that these appeals be limited to the beneficiary-level edit, the selected pharmacy or the prescriber, and not the underlying criteria for identification and guidance. Commenters noted that the appeal should be limited to the issue of whether the beneficiary is an appropriate candidate for lock-in, and not have any other scope. A commenter stated that the appeal should not relate to whether the plan may impose prior authorization or other utilization management restrictions on certain prescriptions. Rather, according to the commenter, beneficiary appeals should be limited to compliance with internal program criteria and CMS guidance, rather than allowing beneficiaries to challenge the underlying criteria. A commenter asked that CMS clarify how to effectuate a redetermination that requires the reversal of one limit, but other limits remain (for example, a formulary restriction and lock-in), and which limit takes priority. This commenter stated that beneficiaries would have to receive decision notices explaining that because of the remaining limits, their drug access will continue to be limited. Another commenter requested guidance on whether to handle a dispute involving beneficiary-specific POS claim edit and a dispute about a pharmacy or prescriber selection under the same appeal, or the POS edit as a coverage determination and the lock-in as an appeal.
There are Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) issued by the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The map above shows the different MACs that have jurisdiction over the testing. To view the full coverage policy (for any National Coverage Determination) from the CMS website, which will include a complete list of medically supportive ICD-10 codes, click here.
Paragraph (c)(4) is revised to allow eligible beneficiaries (that is, those who are dual or other LIS-eligible) use of the dual SEP once per calendar quarter during the first nine months of the year. We are further specifying that the limitation applicable to at-risk beneficiaries and potential at-risk beneficiaries (as defined under § 423.100 and discussed in section II.A.1) is effective upon notification of that status and ends upon termination of that status consistent with § 423.153(f).
Response: We disagree, and have included the REMS-related transactions in our final rule. The FDA designed the REMS program to mitigate serious drug-related risks associated with the some medications, a goal which CMS whole heartedly supports. Use of the REMS transactions will allow REMS requirements to be completed within existing healthcare workflows, which will be critical as the REMS program includes more medications. Absent these transactions the successful management of the REMS would require manual intervention for pharmacists and prescribers. Manual maintenance of REMS program data would be Start Printed Page 16638particularly difficult because each REMS has specific safety measures unique to the risks associated with a particular drug. For these reasons CMS strongly supports using electronic processes to support this important drug safety initiative.
2018 Media Kit In addition, Medicare ruled last year that therapeutic CGM systems—those that provide information that can be used to make treatment decisions—could be covered as necessary durable medical equipment (the same category of coverage that includes blood glucose meters) because they meet all of Medicare’s coverage criteria.
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Response: CMS reviews and selects the improvement measures annually and publishes the list in the draft Call Letter, we proposed to follow the same Start Printed Page 16559process going forward. For a measure to be included in the improvement calculation, the measure must have numeric value scores in both the current and prior year and not have had a substantive specification change during those years. In addition, the improvement measure will not include any data on measures that are already focused on improvement (for example, HOS measures focused on improving or maintaining physical or mental health). CAHPS and HOS measures are patient experience not patient satisfaction surveys. The voice of the beneficiary is a critical component of the information needed for the Star Ratings program to realize its goals. If an issue arises with any aspect of the standard protocol regarding sampling in the Star Ratings program, CMS carefully reviews any impact of the deviation and assesses the risk of unintended consequences on the integrity of the ratings. Further, CMS develops and tests analytical adjustments to mitigate and address all such concerns. Although there did exist minor deviations in the protocol for sampling in the Star Ratings in the past, CMS is confident that the ratings were not affected and the measures possessed all attributes necessary to preserve and maintain the high standards of the Star Ratings program.
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Toggle navigation The doctor is allowed under certain laws to provide medical services on the cruise ship, and Manage Tinnitus Comment: Several commenters urged the development of geographic and/or provider market characteristic adjusters in order to normalize variations outside plans’ control. Some stated such adjustments would specifically prevent measure bias against state-contracted SNPs.
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Given the comments received, many of which stated that the 90 day maximum timeframe we proposed is too long, we believe 60 days strikes the right balance. We do not believe the maximum timeframe should be shorter than 60 days, because sponsors may need this time to process information from beneficiaries that is received at the end of the minimum 30 day timeframe, or to communicate with prescribers who may have been unresponsive prior to receiving a copy of the initial notice the plan provided to the beneficiary. This revised timeframe is still sufficient to limit any potential compliance issues for sponsors related to timeliness and unnecessary appeals where such information is still being processed. However, we do not expect sponsors to routinely take the maximum amount of time to issue the second notice, and note that they must send it sooner if they make the relevant determination sooner. We note that the SEP is addressed in an earlier section of this preamble.
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d. Non-Risk Patient Equivalents Included in Panel Size (4) Requirements for limiting access to coverage for frequently abused drugs. (i) A sponsor may not limit the access of an at-risk beneficiary to coverage for frequently abused drugs under paragraph (f)(3) of this section, unless the sponsor has done all of the following:
We are providing additional information that you may find helpful. Response: Both NCQA and PQA will be modifying the measure specifications for a subset of their measures that are used in the Star Ratings program and will require stratified reporting. A summary of the NCQA analysis and recommendations can be accessed at: http://www.ncqa.org/hedis-quality-measurement/research/hedis-and-the-impact-act. A summary of the modification of the PQA measures can be accessed at: SDS Risk Adjustment PQA PDC CMS Part D Stars. CMS will be reviewing the data submitted as a result of these changes in the measure specifications which impacts the measures’ reporting requirements. CMS will be developing a proposal for the use of the revised data through future rulemaking.
(2) The projected number of cases not forwarded to the IRE is at least 10 in a 3-month period.
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(6) Revising § 423.100 to clarify that our definition of “affected enrollees” applies to changes affecting enrollee access in the current plan year.
In addition to the actions set forth at § 405.924(a), SSA, the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA), and the Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) also treat certain Medicare premium adjustments as initial determinations under section 1869(a)(1) of the Act. These Medicare premium adjustments include Medicare Part A and Part B late enrollment and reenrollment premium increases made in accordance with sections 1818 and 1839(b) of the Act, §§ 406.32(d), 408.20(e), and 408.22 of this chapter, and 20 CFR 418.1301. Due to the effect that these premium adjustments have on individuals’ entitlement to Medicare benefits, they constitute initial determinations under section 1869(a)(1) of the Act.
Neuman says it’s important to remember that Congress “has faced even worse shortfalls and in the past has taken action to strengthen the trust fund. That used to be standard to keep the program stronger.”
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Response: As discussed in the proposed rule, CMS is concerned the meaningful difference requirement may force MA organizations to design benefit packages to meet CMS standards rather than address beneficiary needs. CMS has been made aware of these concerns through comments submitted in response to recent Call Letters and the Request for Information (April 2017), that highlighted how MA organizations may be forced to meet arbitrary limits between their plans to comply with CMS meaningful difference standards. Based on this information CMS does not believe formal surveys are necessary to determine the unintended consequences of the meaningful difference evaluation. Our proposal to eliminate the meaningful difference requirement aimed to improve competition, innovation, available benefit offerings, and provide beneficiaries with Start Printed Page 16494affordable plans that are tailored for their unique health care needs and financial situation. The number of MA plan bids may increase because of a variety of factors, that are not related to the elimination of the meaningful difference requirement, such as payments, bidding and service area strategies, serving unique populations, and in response to other program constraints or flexibilities. CMS expects that eliminating the meaningful difference requirement will improve plan choice for beneficiaries by driving provider network and benefit package innovation and affordable health care coverage. CMS believes that eliminating the current meaningful difference requirement will allow MA organizations to put the beneficiary at the center of benefit design as MA organizations will not be pressured to make benefit changes to comply with an arbitrary requirement that may ultimately result in higher premiums and/or cost sharing for beneficiaries. This will result in MA organizations being able to offer a portfolio of plan options with clear differences between benefits, providers, and premiums that are more easily understood by beneficiaries. In order to capture differences in provider networks, more tailored benefit and cost sharing designs, or other innovations, the evaluation process would have to use more varied and complex assumptions to identify plans that are not meaningfully different from one another. CMS believes that such an evaluation could result in more complicated and potentially confusing benefit designs and would require investment of greater administrative resources for MA organizations and CMS, while not producing results that are useful to beneficiaries. CMS expects that eliminating the meaningful difference requirement will improve the plan options available for beneficiaries. As it is unknown how many organizations will choose to add plan options as a result of this provision, we are unable to estimate the impact to beneficiaries should this lead to more competition. CMS expects increased competition will lead to potentially lower premiums and/or cost-sharing for Medicare beneficiaries. CMS does not anticipate beneficiaries will need additional time to compare differences between plans related to the elimination of the meaningful difference requirement. This particular change is expected to help MA organizations differentiate plan offerings more effectively so that beneficiaries can make decisions more efficiently. We believe that the tools and information CMS provides for beneficiaries to make decisions (for example, Medicare Plan Finder, Medicare and You Handbook, 1-800-MEDICARE), in addition to our enforcement of communication and marketing requirements, aim to mitigate any potential choice overload. We are not pursuing adjustments to the meaningful difference requirement (for example, waivers) because the use of a waiver or justification process introduces subjectivity into the benefit review and we believe the goal of increasing flexibility is better served by eliminating the requirement. With this final rule, organizations will have more flexibility to design MA plans in a manner that is more focused on beneficiary needs. Finally, we do not intend to establish a specific number of plans that any one organization could offer. The MA program has a different market structure than standalone PDPs, that is, PDPs serve entire regions while MA organizations may serve different service areas based on county. The same MA organization may have multiple plans but those plans may only overlap in a limited number of counties. Depending on the market structure (for example, makeup of providers and consumers) it may be helpful for MA organizations to provide offerings from multiple plan types so that beneficiaries have valuable options. In addition, it may be helpful for MA organizations to offer SNP plans to meet the needs of different beneficiary populations. CMS will monitor and address potential concerns as part of our existing authority to review and approve bids.
FREIDA Become part of a Medicare community and receive key Medicare reminders In addition, this information may be discovered after the sponsor provided the beneficiary the initial notice. In such an event, the sponsor would send the beneficiary an alternate second notice that the beneficiary is not at-risk. To the comments about grouping by NPI, we clarify that under the current policy/OMS we use the NPI to first identify single prescribers, and then we further group single prescribers with the same single TIN. We will continue this methodology for the clinical guidelines under the drug management program. We appreciate the comment regarding real-time prescriber data, but we did not propose such a system for Part D prescribers.
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Under the authority of section 1857(a) of the Act, CMS enters into contracts with MA organizations, which authorize them to offer MA plans to Medicare beneficiaries. Similarly, CMS contracts with Part D plan sponsors according to section 1860D-12(a) of the Act. CMS determines that an organization is qualified to hold an MA contract through the application process established at subpart K of 42 CFR part Start Printed Page 16677422. CMS evaluates the qualifications of potential Part D plan sponsors according to subpart K of 42 CFR part 423. If CMS denies an application, organizations have the right to appeal CMS’s decision under §§ 422.502(c)(3)(iii) and 423.503(c)(3)(iii) using the procedures in subparts N of 42 CFR parts 422 and 423. We proposed to correct an inconsistency in the text that identifies CMS’s deadline for rendering its determination on appeals of application denials.
Have/offered job-based insurance In our proposed rule, we noted that while MedPAC had observed that the continuity of a plan’s formulary is very important to all beneficiaries in order to maintain access to the medications that were offered by the plan at the time the beneficiaries enrolled, the commission had also pointed out in the same report that, among other things, CMS could provide Part D sponsors with greater flexibility to make changes such as adding a generic drug and removing its brand name version without first receiving agency approval. (MedPAC, Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System, June 2016, page 192 (hereafter June 2106 MedPAC Report).)
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