CMS Medicare Guidance, Rulemaking, and Public Comments

Update on State Contracting with D-SNPs: The Basics and Meeting New Federal Requirements for 2021

Working with Medicare
07/09/2019

This webinar provides an overview of state strategies for contracting with D-SNPs to improve care coordination and Medicare-Medicaid alignment for dually eligible enrollees. Special attention is given to new federal D-SNP integration standards for 2021 contract year, and how states can help plans to meet these requirements.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this presentation, attendees should be able to:

Contract Year 2021 Models for Applicable Integrated Plans: 'Letter about Your Right to Make a Fast Complaint' and 'Appeal Decision Letter'

This CMS memorandum describes the final Contract Year 2021 model notices for Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans that are applicable integrated plans, "Letter about Your Right to Make a Fast Complaint" and "Appeal Decision Letter", which are both available in English and Spanish language versions.

CMS Updates Processes for D-SNPs Implementing CY 2021 Medicare-Medicaid Integration and Unified Appeals and Grievance Requirements in Response to COVID-19: Clarification on Direct Contracts with States

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memo detailing important updates on CMS processes for review and approval of state Medicaid agency contracts (SMACs) for contract year 2021. These updates acknowledge the unique circumstances resulting from Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans’ (D-SNPs’) and states’ priority focus on the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Spotlight: New Interoperability and Patient Access Rule Will Affect Dually Eligible Individuals

On March 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Interoperability and Patient Access final rule (CMS-9115-F), which is designed to improve patient access to their health information, improve interoperability and encourage innovation, while reducing burden on payers and providers. Two provisions will specifically affect dually eligible individuals (see Section VII, Improving the Medicare-Medicaid Dually Eligible Experience by Increasing the Frequency of Federal-State Data Exchanges, and final changes to regulatory text in Parts 406, 407, and 423).

Reprioritization of PACE, Medicare Parts C and D Program, and Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RACV) Audit Activities

In response to the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has suspended non-emergency federal and state survey agency surveys. Consistent with that action, CMS is reprioritizing scheduled program audits for Medicare Advantage organizations, Part D sponsors, Medicare-Medicaid Plans, and PACE oganizations. Oversight will continue but will shift to prioritize the investigation and resolution of instances of noncompliance where the health and/or safety of beneficiaries is at risk and complaints allenging infection control concerns.

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