network area

(5) Requirement of certain nonemployer Medicare Advantage private fee-for-service plans to use contracts with providers (A) In general For plan year 2011 and subsequent plan years, in the case of a Medicare Advantage private fee-for-service plan not described in paragraph (1) or (2) of section 1395w–27(i) of this title operating in a network area (as defined in subparagraph (B)), the plan shall meet the access standards under paragraph (4) in that area only through entering into written contracts as provided for under subparagraph (B) of such paragraph and not, in whole or in part, through the establishment of payment rates meeting the requirements under subparagraph (A) of such paragraph. (B) Network area defined For purposes of subparagraph (A), the term “network area” means, for a plan year, an area which the Secretary identifies (in the Secretary’s announcement of the proposed payment rates for the previous plan year under section 1395w–23(b)(1)(B) of this title ) as having at least 2 network-based plans (as defined in subparagraph (C)) with enrollment under this part as of the first day of the year in which such announcement is made. (C) Network-based plan defined (i) In general For purposes of subparagraph (B), the term “network-based plan” means— (I) except as provided in clause (ii), a Medicare Advantage plan that is a coordinated care plan described in section 1395w–21(a)(2)(A)(i) of this title ; (II) a network-based MSA plan; and (III) a reasonable cost reimbursement plan under section 1395mm of this title . (ii) Exclusion of non-network regional PPOS The term “network-based plan” shall not include an MA regional plan that, with respect to the area, meets access adequacy standards under this part substantially through the authority of section 422.112 (a)(1)(ii) of title 42, Code of Federal Regulations , rather than through written contracts.


42 USC § 1395w-22(d)(5)

Scoping language

None identified, default scope is assumed to be the parent (part C) of this section.
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