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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held their Fall Conference and Webcast on September 10 in Baltimore. The presentations and videos from the event are found on the Compliance Training, Education & Outreach site here. CMS covered various aspects of the Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-PD) program, but here I’ve focused on four lessons I heard loud and clear: work with CMS, prepare ahead of time, seek continuous improvement, and don’t wait until the last minute.
The Part C and Part D Reporting Requirements and Supporting Regulations were posted in the PRA Listing on August 24th for review and 30-day comment. Since we are still in this window, this is a great opportunity for Compliance and Operations to review these together. To follow are Part C highlights that merit your attention.
As we wait for the 2014 Part C and Part D Program Annual Audit and Enforcement Report to be released, we contemplate the activity that our client partners have experienced during CMS audits, in remediation of identified conditions, and preparation for future activities.
The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sail. -William A. Ward
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.