CMS Rule Seeks More Oversight of TPMOs, ‘Chain of Enrollment’

Following up on its October 2021 “Third Party Marketing” memorandum warning of misleading tactics by some organizations, CMS in its latest Medicare Advantage and Part D proposed rule said it believes “additional regulatory oversight” is needed to protect beneficiaries from “bad actors” in this space. The agency observed that an increase in third-party marketing activities in recent years has been accompanied by a rise in marketing-related complaints from beneficiaries, such as those who do not understand how an agent or broker obtained their information.

While previous guidance and rules have focused more on MA organizations’ relationships with agents and brokers, the new proposed rule serves to address the prevalence of lead-generating entities that may not directly contract with MAOs but qualify as first tier, downstream or related entities (FDRs), explains Helaine Fingold, a partner in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice at the law firm Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C.

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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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