Call Center Monitoring — Star Rating Measure Tips for Success

Call Center Monitoring is one of your first Star Rating measures of the new contract year. Starting in February 2023, CMS will measure interpreter and TTY availability as a metric for the CY24 Star Ratings. Monitoring calls will be placed on your prospective enrollee call center phone lines. These calls will measure interpreter availability, TTY…

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CMS Audits – Be Prepared to Avoid These Common Findings

As the 2022 Program Audit Cycle winds up with the last of the routine audit engagement letters issued in July, we are starting to see the audit results. This year saw new audit protocols, and some plans struggled with the new universe layouts. In addition, CMS added a new observation classification – ORCAs (Observation Requiring…

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CY 2023 CMS Readiness Checklist – Why is this Exercise Important?

Every October, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) distributes a Readiness Checklist to Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan (MAPD) Sponsors as a reminder to prepare for the upcoming plan year. Although CMS no longer requires Sponsors to submit assessment attestations, CMS still expects Sponsors to review the comprehensive checklist and self-assess their…

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CMS Reposts CY2023 ANOC & EOC Models

On August 1, CMS reposted the revised Contract Year (CY) 2023 Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) and Evidence of Coverage (EOC) models due to several identified issues. CMS distributed its “Model Notice Corrections” memo the following day, highlighting many of the changes. This is the first time since 2018 that CMS has provided revised models…

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Revised CMS CY23 ANOC & EOC Models — Expected Soon!

Keep an eye out for an upcoming CMS memo regarding the reposting of the CY23 ANOC & EOC models. Per CMS, the documents revealed several issues. Rather than sending a “very detailed” and lengthy corrections memo, CMS’s memo will coincide with the reposting of the models and include a summary of changes. The revised models…

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CMS Program Audit Findings & Key Preparation Tips

CMS released the 2021 Part C and Part D Program Audit and Enforcement Report on June 7, 2022. Highlights of the report indicate the average audit scores increased over the last report, stating 2020 average overall audit score of 0.15 to 2021 average overall audit score of 0.44. It’s worth noting, there were 27 plans…

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The Medicare Timeliness Monitoring Project (TMP)—What to Expect?

CMS continues to conduct an industry-wide Timeliness Monitoring Project (TMP). This project is a retrospective review of 2022 data. It allows CMS to collect data to evaluate the timeliness of processing Medicare Part C reconsiderations, using the new TMP and audit protocols in place for 2022. As a reminder, this data is used to verify…

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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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