CMS Seeks Comments on Proposed Audit Protocol Changes for 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a recent memo that officials are seeking comments to their proposed audit program protocol changes. This blog will outline some of the most important changes and a reminder of steps health plans can take if they receive a CMS audit notification.

Key Proposed Changes Through 2020

  • Formulary Administration “‘Website” section removal of the Audit Process and Data Request
  • Transition sample size from 15 to 30
  • Removal of the CPE Self-Assessment Questionnaire and the ODAG Supplemental Questionnaire
  • Removal of ‘Dismissals’ from the data integrity sampling
  • Removal of OD approved cases from the Clinical Decision Making section
  • Increased the Grievance sample size 
  • Removal of ‘Enrollment Verification’ audit element for SNP MOC
  • Removal of the Medication Therapy Management audit area 

For the full list and a closer look at all of the proposed changes to audit protocols, check out the memo here.  CMS is accepting comments through Oct. 15.

Many of the changes would reduce the burden on health plans. Even so, health plans should review any and all changes. The chance of a plan getting a program audit has increased and continues to grow. CMS is now reaching out to nearly 100% of plans every four via plan audits. Audit notice letters are typically sent March through July.

Plans should take steps sooner rather than later to address the changes and anticipate an audit in the future. The best way to deal with a CMS audit is to be prepared.

We can help. 

The team at Tier 1 Pharmacy Consulting provides support and consultation for all types of audits. We can review data to ensure accuracy with file layout requirements, interpret data to identify potential issues, craft responses, create corrective action plans and more. With experience in more than a dozen audits and a handful of mock audits, Tier 1 can find solutions and help you through the process from start to finish.

Tier 1 CEO Brent Hiley has been both the lead for CDAG (coverage determinations, appeals and grievances), the lead for FA (formulary administration) and even overall audit director, ensuring coordination of all elements related to data requests, deliverables, impact analysis and root cause summaries. He can provide onsite audit support for teams to ensure they are prepared for various questions that might be asked and coach them on how to approach certain aspects of the audit.

About Tier 1 

Tier 1 Pharmacy Consulting is a Denver, Colorado-based pharmacy benefit consulting firm offering customized services to healthcare plans that offer prescription drug benefits. Whether your health plan is big or small, Tier 1 offers strategic, cost-saving solutions that boost the plan’s overall value and help its members by providing high quality care.

CEO Brent Hiley is a clinical pharmacist with more than a decade of experience in pharmacy benefit management. We are passionate about collaborating and developing effective strategies to improve health plan outcomes.

Tier 1 offers health plans a new perspective on how to manage their pharmacy benefit. Our team is made up of experts who strive to make effective plans even stronger and fill in any gaps due to a lack of time or resources.

Drop us a note at info@tieronepc.com. We’re here to guide your health plan every step of the way.

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