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Some important points came out of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-PD) Spring Conference & Webcast; the presentations and videos of the event can be found here in CMS’ Event Archives. If you did not have a chance to attend or watch it live, please watch the videos for important changes pertaining to many aspects of the MA-PD program. Speakers addressed Part C and Part D call letter updates, policy and technical changes, Quality Improvement Project (QIP) and Chronic Care Improvement Program (CCIP) lessons learned and best practices, the new network management module, enrollment updates, and fraud, waste, and abuse (FWA).
Spring is here, showing us all different signs of renewal. It motivates us to clean out clutter, open those windows, and start the year fresh. Audit season is also upon us, and people are taking a close, hard look at internal processes that surround grievances and appeals processing. Findings in this area keep showing up, like that college grad that keeps popping in to visit his friends back on campus. Just leave already, you’ve had your time!
“Do It Yourself”, or DIY, has been the rave for years now. From social media sites like Pinterest to television networks like HGTV, Americans have become fond of this philosophy. Now, I am a big believer in being self-sufficient and must say that I have been sucked into marathon viewings of DIY shows often (Nicole Curtis of Rehab Addict is no joke!). And, while I have seen my share of success stories, more often than not, I see DIY projects result in complete frustration from those attempting to DIY and very costly mistakes.
There is no shortage of concern when it comes to awareness of first tier, downstream and related entity (FDR) oversight. In fact, during a recent webinar hosted by John Gorman, Executive Chairman at GHG, and Betsy Seals, Chief Consulting Officer at GHG, on “The Top 10 Things Killing Your Organization”, we shared survey results showing the number one Compliance Program risk, from a health plan’s perspective, is FDR oversight.
Today is the final day for current or potential plan sponsors to submit their Medicare Advantage and/or Part D application for a new contract or service area expansion (or service area expansion for 1876 Cost Plans). By now, many of you have already hit final submit and are either celebrating or working on known deficiencies. Or, perhaps you are still waiting for documentation or a final quality check of your submission before you feel confident to submit. Here are a few of the things we learned this year along the way. Read more
This week’s CMS industry training on applications was quite informative, and contained many audience questions that you will want to hear. The recording is already available to registrants for those who missed it. There was way too much information for me to summarize, so I have included here a few highlights from the call and some basics that are easily overlooked.
Yesterday CMS released the 2016 Part D application, and this afternoon the 2016 Medicare Advantage (MA) application was released. Despite the applications’ release dates, potential and current Plan Sponsors should be well under way in the preparation of the upload that is due on February 18th. Aspects of the application that require significant lead time to accomplish include the establishment of an adequate network and the acquisition of the required state licensure.