Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs)

State Options and Considerations for Sharing Medicaid Enrollment and Service Use Information with D-SNPs

New federal rules released in April 2019 require that Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) must, at a minimum, coordinate the delivery of Medicare and Medicaid benefits. The final rule includes new regulatory language effective January 1, 2020 and provides examples of ways that D-SNPs should coordinate their members’ Medicare and Medicaid services. This technical assistance brief discusses issues and options for states to support D-SNPs in meeting this requirement.

Sample Language for State Medicaid Agency Contracts with Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans

As of 2021, the contracts that Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) have with state Medicaid agencies must include not just the elements specified by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008, but also new language detailing the requirements issued by CMS in April 2019 to increase the level of Medicare and Medicaid coordination and integration provided by these plans. This technical assistance tool provides sample contract language that states can use in their D-SNP contract to comply with these requirements.

Information Sharing to Improve Care Coordination for High-Risk Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan Enrollees: Key Questions for State Implementation

This technical assistance tool offers key questions and considerations that states can review as they begin working with Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) and other parties to design and implement information-sharing requirements.

Promoting Information Sharing by Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans to Improve Care Transitions: State Options and Considerations

This brief examines the approaches used by three states – Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee – to develop and implement information-sharing processes for their Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) that support care transitions. The brief includes examples of contract language and strategies to encourage plan collaboration and problem solving around information sharing. It can help states, D-SNPs, and other stakeholders assess how to meet the new D-SNP contracting requirements and improve the care of dually eligible individuals.

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

Working with Medicare

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:

Integrated Care Updates - January 2020

January 2020 Contents:

  • New ICRC Flow Charts Compare Existing and New Unified Appeals and Grievance Processes for Individuals Enrolled in Applicable Integrated D-SNPs
  • CMS Releases Additional Guidance on D-SNP Integration Requirements
  • CMS Releases the 2021 Medicare Advantage Advance Notice
  • MACPAC Considers Policy Options to Better Integrate Care for Dually Eligible Individuals
  • January 2020 Enrollment in Medicare-Medicaid Plans 
  • January 2020 Enrollment in PACE Organizations 
  • Key Upcoming Dates

Additional Guidance on CY 2021 Medicare-Medicaid Integration Requirements for Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs)

This HPMS memo provides additional guidance and clarification on four topics related to new integration standards for Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans: (1) distinctions between fully integrated D-SNPs (FIDE SNPs) and highly integrated (HIDE SNPs); (2) permissibility of carve-outs of behavioral health services and long term services and supports (LTSS) for FIDE SNPs and HIDE SNPs; (3) alignment of D-SNP and companion Medicaid plan service areas; and (4) compliance with integration requirements for D-SNPs that only enroll partial-benefit dually eligible individuals.

Webinar Resources | Key Questions and Considerations for States Implementing New D-SNP Information-Sharing Requirements

On December 16, 2019, ICRC hosted a Study Hall Call on “Key Questions and Considerations for States Implementing New D-SNP Information-Sharing Requirements” that provided an update on new information-sharing requirements for Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) for 2021 and a review of key questions and considerations for states in working with D-SNPs to modify state contracts and develop a state-specific information-sharing approach.

Appeals and Grievances: Comparisons of Existing and New Integrated Processes for Individuals Enrolled in Applicable Integrated Plans

Beginning in 2021, Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) with exclusively aligned enrollment must begin using integrated appeals and grievance processes. The flowcharts in this resource are designed to help states, health plans, and other stakeholders understand the differences between existing Medicare and Medicaid appeal and grievance processes and the new integrated appeal and grievance processes established at 42 CFR Part 422 Subpart M for fully and highly integrated D-SNPs with exclusively aligned enrollment.


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