CMS Extends Additional Flexibilities to Ensure MA, Special Needs Plan Care During Pandemic

As Medicare Advantage plans seek ways to address isolated members’ social determinants of health during the COVID-19 pandemic (see story, p. 1), new guidance from CMS allowing midyear benefit changes and other flexibilities may be a big help.

“Given the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 emergency, these flexibilities, in general, make a lot of sense,” Michael Adelberg, a principal with Faegre Drinker Consulting and a former CMS official, says of the 10-page document issued to MA and Part D sponsors on April 21.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly

Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues since the early 2000s and specializes in in-depth reporting on Medicare Advantage, managed Medicaid and Medicare Part D. She also possesses a deep understanding of the complex world of pharmacy benefit management, having written AIS Health’s Radar on Drug Benefits from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016. In addition to her role as managing editor of Radar on Medicare Advantage, she oversees AIS Health’s publications and manages the health editorial staff. She graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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