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 Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues, including drug benefits and specialty pharmacy, for more than a decade. She served as editor of Drug Benefit News (the predecessor to Radar on Drug Benefits) from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016, and now manages Radar on Medicare Advantage. Lauren graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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