Thursday, September 23, 2010

Comments on Director Blum's Message at the CMS Fall Conference

As noted in our previous blog post, Merrill Corp attended the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2010 Fall Conference earlier this month. On Day 2, before sessions on Customer Service Monitoring, QIP/CCIP Expectations and a panel on 2010 audits by the CMS Central Office Representatives, Deputy Administrator and Center for Medicare Director Jonathan Blum gave a presentation to the health plans in attendance.

Blum, who we have posted about in the past, made several key points, with the most interesting being his comments on marketing materials (CMS will be closely monitoring them to ensure accuracy and honesty) and on the change in way CMS interacts with health plans (in reaction to comments from some plans on feeling that CMS has greatly changed the way it interacts and partners with them, he confirmed that yes, there has been a change and that it is intentional). Additionally, he covered a wide-range of topics, including:
  • Enrollment
  • Surveillance Activities
  • 2011 Selling Season
  • Health Reform and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Plan Sponsor's Responsibilities
  • Plan Risk and protection of beneficiaries
  • CMS Communication to beneficiaries 
From Merrill Corp's perspective, we commend the director's statements and feel that is in parallel with Merrill's philosophy on compliance-driven communications. In the coming weeks, we will dive deeper into these discussion points and provide insight on how Merrill Corp can assist with the upcoming changes.

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