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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End-of-Year 2022 Enrollment and Payment Systems Processing—What You Need to Know

As the CMS Annual Rollover process quickly approaches, health plans must prepare to complete critical End-of-Year (EOY) tasks. Now’s the time to ask—Are your systems configured to process rollover files seamlessly? Does your staff know how to process transactions requiring manual intervention? Any mishaps during this process will create a negative member experience regarding access…

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AEP 2023—Essential Readiness Tips & the Latest CMS Guidance

Medicare Advantage Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) runs from October 15 to December 7. Since most health plans recognize growth this time of year, it is imperative to be prepared to enroll members seamlessly and accurately. Are your systems configured with the latest guidance from CMS? Has your staffing and training efforts increased to ensure work…

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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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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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Independent Validation Audits

What’s Possible After a Program Audit? by Sue Dahlkamp, Interim Compliance Officer & Senior Consultant CMS requires that sponsoring organizations undergo an Independent Validation Audit (IVA) if they receive a number of ICARs or CARs on their Program Audit to demonstrate correction of all reported audit conditions. CMS then determines when the audit can be…

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