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Topic: Star Ratings
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) recent issuance of the 2017 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017 Final Rule affirms the agency’s plans to elevate the importance and transparency of quality performance by Qualified Health Plans (QHPs). Despite the continued absence of financial incentives for high-quality QHP performance, CMS’ approach to quality oversight for QHPs is looking much like the early years of the Star Ratings program within Medicare Advantage (MA).
Last week’s release by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the 2017 Medicare Advantage (MA) Advance Notice of Methodological Changes and Call Letter ended the mystery surrounding potential policy and payment changes on the horizon. As our Founder and Executive Chairman, John Gorman, recently noted: “There’s a lot to like ‒ and much to fear.” Although CMS is proposing higher-than-expected rates for 2017 and has introduced both payment and Star Ratings relief for plans serving dual-eligible beneficiaries, this positive news was counterbalanced somewhat by a number of factors, including proposals to increase compliance scrutiny in challenging areas such as network adequacy, provider directory accuracy, and medication therapy management programs.
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Call Letter activities follow four major themes: improving bid review, decreasing costs, promoting creative benefit designs, and improving beneficiary protections. This means implementing creativity and doing more with less while enhancing the beneficiary experience. To borrow from one of the earliest reality shows, this is the time when CMS stops being nice and starts getting real. There are some of the key items of which your Compliance Department needs to be aware outlined below; however, it is not all inclusive and a thorough read of the document is required.
On Friday after the close, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 Medicare Advantage (MA) Call Letter with proposed policy and payment changes. There’s a lot to like ‒ and much to fear. On payments, CMS came in with higher-than-expected rates that make clear the long walk in the desert from cuts in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is over. But on compliance, they are rolling out the firing squad with a broad mandate, and the Administration will leave its mark long after Obama has left office.