Posts Tagged ‘annual notification of change’

4 ways to reduce – or eliminate – errors in your ANOCs and EOCs

The accuracy of Annual Notice of Changes (ANOC) and Evidence of Coverage (EOC) documents is an important requirement for all health plans. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) takes errors in these documents very seriously and penalties are given to health plans that distribute documents with errors. CMS recently announced changes to the…

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Are you Outsourcing your ANOC and EOC Creation to the Best People for the Job?

Preparing materials for the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) – namely Annual Notice of Changes (ANOC), Evidence of Coverage (EOC), and Summary of Benefits (SB) documents – can be a time-consuming, labor-intensive process wrought with compliance risk. As a result, many health plans opt to outsource the creation of these documents to a third-party vendor. There…

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Start Now for an Easier ANOCs and EOCs Creation Season Next Year

Every year, the people who produce marketing materials for their Medicare members are extremely busy from April through September. Deadlines are tight and timelines are aggressive for creating, printing and mailing the Annual Notice of Changes (ANOCs), Evidence of Coverage (EOCs) and Summary of Benefits (SBs) documents. Very few people in these roles take vacation…

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Errors in ANOCs and EOCs could cost up to $55 per affected enrollee

Over the last several years, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken an increasingly tough stance on health plans that distribute Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) and Evidence of Coverage (EOC) documents with unclear and/or inaccurate benefit information. CMS is no longer sending health plans warnings for these errors; they are imposing…

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Document Accuracy Assessment helps identify errors before CMS

The creation of your Annual Notice of Changes (ANOC) and Evidence of Coverage (EOC) document is a very challenging process and can be a strain on already over-taxed resources.  Ensuring the accuracy of these documents is extremely important, as CMS has taken an increasingly tough stance on plans that distribute documents with unclear and/or inaccurate…

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How Accurate ANOCs and EOCs can Help Health Plans Retain Members

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation recently published an Issue Brief on its website titled “Medicare Advantage Plan Switching: Exception or Norm?” The brief shared that 11 percent of Medicare Advantage plan enrollees in 2013 voluntarily switched to another plan in 2014. It also addressed various factors that impacted switches to other plans, such as…

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Surviving the 2015 AEP Materials Creation Process – Part 2 of 2

Medicare plans are mid-way through the process of creating Annual Election Period (AEP) materials – namely, Annual Notification of Change (ANOC) and Evidence of Coverage (EOC) documents – that are due to members by the end of September. At this stage of the game, tension is running high. By now, many health plans have likely…

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Surviving the 2015 AEP Materials Creation Process – Part 1 of 2

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its model documents for the 2015 Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). The rigorous, highly complex rules and regulations for member marketing materials wreak havoc on health plans year after year – and the clock is now ticking. Medicare plans must create, print and deliver AEP materials,…

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