42 CFR 423.352 - CMS-identified overpayments associated with payment data submitted by Part D sponsors.

§ 423.352 CMS-identified overpayments associated with payment data submitted by Part D sponsors.

(a)Definitions. For purposes of this section -

Applicable reconciliation date occurs on the later of either the annual deadline for submitting -

(1) Prescription drug event (PDE) data for the annual Part D payment reconciliations referred to in § 423.343(c) and (d); or

(2) Direct and indirect remuneration data.

Erroneous payment data means payment data that should not have been submitted either because the data submitted are inaccurate or because the data are inconsistent with Medicare Part D requirements.

Payment data means data submitted by a Part D sponsor to CMS and used for payment purposes, including enrollment data and data submitted under § 423.329(b)(3), § 423.336(c)(1), and § 423.343, and data provided for purposes of supporting allowable reinsurance costs and allowable risk corridor costs as defined in § 423.308, including data submitted to CMS regarding direct and indirect remuneration.

(b)Request to correct payment data.

(1) When CMS identifies erroneous payment data submitted by a Part D sponsor, CMS may send a data correction notice to the Part D sponsor requesting that the Part D sponsor correct the payment data.

(2) The notice will include or make reference to the specific payment data that need to be corrected, the reason why CMS believes that the payment data are erroneous, and the timeframe for correcting the payment data.

(c)Payment offset.

(1) If the Part D sponsor fails to submit the corrected payment data within the timeframe as requested in accordance with paragraph (b) of this section, CMS will conduct a payment offset against payments made to the Part D sponsor if -

(i) The payment error affects payments for any of the 6 most recently completed payment years; and

(ii) The payment error for a particular payment year is identified after the applicable reconciliation date for that payment year.

(2) CMS will calculate the payment offset amount using the correct payment data and a payment algorithm that applies the payment rules for the applicable year.

(d)Payment offset notification. CMS will issue a payment offset notice to the Part D sponsor that includes at least the following:

(1) The dollar amount of the offset from plan payments.

(2) An explanation of how the erroneous data were identified and used to calculate the payment offset amount.

(3) An explanation that, if the Part D sponsor disagrees with the payment offset, it may request an appeal within 30 days of issuance of the payment offset notification.

(e)Appeals process. If a Part D sponsor does not agree with the payment offset described in paragraph (c) of this section, it may appeal under the following three-level appeal process:

(1)Reconsideration. A Part D sponsor may request reconsideration of the payment offset described in paragraph (c) of this section, according to the following process:

(i)Manner and timing of request. A written request for reconsideration must be filed within 30 days from the date that CMS issued the payment offset notice to the Part D sponsor.

(ii)Content of request. The written request for reconsideration must specify the findings or issues with which the Part D sponsor disagrees and the reasons for its disagreement. As part of its request for reconsideration, the Part D sponsor may include any additional documentary evidence in support of its position. Any additional evidence must be submitted with the request for reconsideration. Additional information submitted after this time will be rejected as untimely.

(iii)Conduct of reconsideration. In conducting the reconsideration, the CMS reconsideration official reviews the underlying data that were used to determine the amount of the payment offset and any additional documentary evidence timely submitted by the Part D sponsor.

(iv)Reconsideration decision. The CMS reconsideration official informs the Part D sponsor of its decision on the reconsideration request.

(v)Effect of reconsideration decision. The decision of the CMS reconsideration official is final and binding unless a timely request for an informal hearing is filed in accordance with paragraph (e)(2) of this section.

(2)Informal hearing. A Part D sponsor dissatisfied with CMS' reconsideration decision made under paragraph (e)(1) of this section is entitled to an informal hearing as provided for under paragraphs (e)(2)(i) through (e)(2)(v) of this section.

(i)Manner and timing for request. A request for an informal hearing must be made in writing and filed with CMS within 30 days of the date of CMS' reconsideration decision.

(ii)Content of request. The request for an informal hearing must include a copy of the reconsideration decision and must specify the findings or issues in the decision with which the Part D sponsor disagrees and the reasons for its disagreement.

(iii)Informal hearing procedures. The informal hearing will be conducted in accordance with the following:

(A) CMS provides written notice of the time and place of the informal hearing at least 30 days before the scheduled date.

(B) The informal hearing is conducted by a CMS hearing officer who neither receives testimony nor accepts any new evidence that was not timely presented with the reconsideration request. The CMS hearing officer is limited to the review of the record that was before the CMS reconsideration official when CMS made its reconsideration determination.

(C) The CMS hearing officer will review the proceeding before the CMS reconsideration official on the record made before the CMS reconsideration official using the clearly erroneous standard of review.

(iv)Decision of the CMS hearing officer. The CMS hearing officer decides the case and sends a written decision to the Part D sponsor explaining the basis for the decision.

(v)Effect of hearing officer's decision. The hearing officer's decision is final and binding, unless the decision is reversed or modified by the Administrator in accordance with paragraph (e)(3) of this section.

(3)Review by the Administrator. The Administrator review will be conducted in the following manner:

(i) A Part D sponsor that has received a hearing officer's decision may request review by the Administrator within 30 days of the date of issuance of the hearing officer's decision under paragraph (e)(2)(iv) of this section. The Part D sponsor may submit written arguments to the Administrator for review.

(ii) After receiving a request for review, the Administrator has the discretion to elect to review the hearing officer's determination in accordance with paragraph (e)(3)(iv) of this section or to decline to review the hearing officer's decision.

(iii) If the Administrator declines to review the hearing officer's decision, the hearing officer's decision is final and binding.

(iv) If the Administrator elects to review the hearing officer's decision, the Administrator will review the hearing officer's decision, as well as any information included in the record of the hearing officer's decision and any written argument submitted by the Part D sponsor, and determine whether to uphold, reverse, or modify the hearing officer's decision.

(v) The Administrator's determination is final and binding.

(f)Matters subject to appeal and burden of proof.

(1) The Part D sponsor's appeal is limited to CMS' finding that the payment data submitted by the Part D sponsor are erroneous.

(2) The Part D sponsor bears the burden of proof by a preponderance of the evidence in demonstrating that CMS' finding that the payment data were erroneous was incorrect or otherwise inconsistent with applicable program requirements.

(g)Applicability of appeals process. The appeals process under paragraph (e) of this section applies only to payment offsets under paragraph (c) of this section.

[ 79 FR 67032, Nov. 10, 2014]

Title 42 published on 11-Jul-2018 05:04

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 42 CFR Part 423 after this date.

  • 2018-06-15; vol. 83 # 116 - Friday, June 15, 2018
    1. 83 FR 27912 - Medicare Program; Medicare Program; Contract Year 2019 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Cost Plan, Medicare Fee-for-Service, the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs, and the PACE Program; Correction
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