MA, Part D Plans Face Uncertainty as Audit Season Begins

Medicare Advantage, Medicare-Medicaid Plan and Part D sponsors selected for 2020 program audits will start receiving engagement letters this month, but they face some uncertainty as CMS has yet to finalize a set of proposed changes unveiled last August. While the bulk of those changes were aimed at reducing plan sponsors’ burden, plans are advised to closely monitor the data CMS may no longer collect through the audit process but may obtain from other sources, while continuing to conduct mock audits.

“Audit season is here, and March Madness means something different in the MA-PD world,” remarks Tina Bailey, vice president of compliance solutions with Gorman Health Group, LLC (GHG). “But this year the timing is odd as we’re waiting on new protocols…and we’re not sure what pieces of the proposed changes are going to be finalized and implemented this audit cycle.”

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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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