CMS Model Materials—Significant Changes for CY23

Wow! The CMS model materials were released weeks earlier than previous years, and we’re thankful for that! There are significant changes for CY23: most notably the reduction in length, reorganization, and reduction of tables and language. View the CY23 Models here: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Health-Plans/ManagedCareMarketing/MarketngModelsStandardDocumentsandEducationalMaterial CMS Model Materials Notable Changes Annual Notice of Change (ANOC)—Notable Changes (applies to…

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How to Ensure a Successful Triennial Network Adequacy Review

CMS monitors compliance with Network Adequacy Standards on a triennial basis. Every three years CMS requires a plan to upload its full-contract-level network into the Network Management Module (NMM) in Health Plan Management System (HPMS). When selecting contracts for the triennial review period, CMS pulls from the list of active contracts—primarily based on when the…

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Coming Soon – CY23 Model Materials

In May, CMS expects to release the Contract Year (CY) 2023 model materials. These will be posted on the CMS site, CMS Marketing Models, and will include: Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) Evidence of Coverage (EOC) ANOC and EOC standardized model instructions Provider Directory Also expected to be released in May are the CY23 Part…

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2023 Star Rating Changes—CMS Advanced Notice for Review & Comment

CMS released the “Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2023 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part C and Part D Payment Policies” on February 2, 2022, with feedback accepted until March 4, 2022. Some changes may impact Star Ratings for CY 2023. To submit comments or questions electronically, go to…

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Are You Prepared for Your Next CMS Program Audit?

Preparation is critical to produce accurate universes and achieve successful CMS Program Audit results. In November 2021, CMS announced they will send program audit engagement letters to sponsors, starting in February through July 2022. If you ask yourself when should your readiness for a program audit begin? The answer is NOW! CMS made several significant…

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The Bridge – Volume 11

CMS Important News Releases With a general election, massive increases in COVID-19 cases across the country, and many organizations focusing on the Annual Election Period, you may have missed these important CMS news releases. Advance Notice of Methodological Change for 2022 CMS will calculate 100% of the risk score using the 2020 CMSHCC model (vs.…

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The Bridge – Volume 10

We Wish You a Successful and Compliant AEP Season! While we are all in the throes of Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), Madena is looking to support you by dedicating a newsletter to upcoming critical activities that can easily be overlooked during this busy time. CMS Low Income Subsidy Processing Have you reached out to your…

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Medicare 2021 Timeliness Monitoring Project

In October CMS issued a memo regarding the 2020 Timeliness Monitoring Project (TMP). As in previous years, CMS will once again be conducting an industry-wide monitoring project in 2021.  What’s changed? Beginning with the 2021 TMP, CMS will no longer collect the Part D Coverage Determination Appeals and Grievances universes used to evaluate these measures.…

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