CMS Rule Finalizes Marketing Changes, Leaves Out Ban on Sharing Beneficiary Contact Info
In a final rule making policy and technical changes for contract year 2024, CMS on April 5 finalized multiple provisions aimed at ensuring continuity of care for Medicare Advantage members, improving health equity and easing behavioral health access. And while the rule finalized most of the Biden administration’s proposals around misleading marketing practices in MA, industry experts say CMS walked back and modified a few proposals as it waits to see how some of the new requirements play out in practice.
In a fact sheet on the final MA and Part D rule, CMS said it finalized 21 out of 22 marketing provisions that appeared in the proposed rule. But CMS left out one notable provision that would have potentially disrupted a plan’s ability to purchase leads from third parties and indicated it will consider it in future rulemaking.