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CMS Distributes Medicare Part C and D Readiness Resources

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has distributed a Contract Year (CY) 2018 Readiness Checklist that summarizes key operational requirements as established in statutes, regulations, manual chapters, Health Plan Management System (HPMS) memos, and other sub-regulatory guidance. The document is available here. Organizations should review this checklist and take the necessary steps to fulfill these requirements for the 2018 benefit year.

Organizations must notify their account manager(s) of any requirements that are at risk or technical assistance needed to resolve any issue. CMS account managers will follow up with organizations regarding their self-assessments prior to the new year. For additional information regarding the checklist, please refer to the appropriate CMS guidance, contact your account manager, or contact the subject matter expert identified in Appendix A (available here).

The document introduction notes that unless otherwise indicated, requirements that apply to Medicare Advantage Organizations also apply to 1876 Cost Plans, while Part D sponsors refers to all organizations offering Part D. A 2018 Readiness Checklist for operational Medicare-Medicaid Plans (MMPs) will be issued separately.

Contact: Darius Kirstein, dkirstein@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8841