News Briefs: House Committee Advances Bill Requiring Electronic Prior Authorization in MA

CMS at press time unveiled substantive changes to its Medicare Parts C and D enrollee grievances, organization/coverage determinations and appeals guidance. Effective immediately, the Aug. 3 memo from the Medicare Enrollment and Appeals Group contained numerous redlined edits to the guidance for Medicare Advantage organizations, Prescription Drug Plans, Cost plans, Medicare-Medicaid Plans and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. These included guidance on ensuring that enrollees with limited English proficiency have the same level of access to plan representatives and information regarding initial determinations, appeals, and grievances as those who are proficient in English; new specifications regarding plan delivery of notifications; detailed procedures when an initial determination request is withdrawn; and a clarification that a non-contracted provider who has furnished a service to an enrollee may request that an organization determination be reconsidered by the plan.

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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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