Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.
Proposed rule; extension of comment period and the announcement of the release of additional data.
This document extends the comment period for the Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) provisions of the proposed rule titled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Medicaid Fee-For-Service, and Medicaid Managed Care Programs for Start Printed Page 18216Years 2020 and 2021” that was published in the November 1, 2018 Federal Register. The comment period for the RADV provision of this proposed rule, which would end on April 30, 2019, is extended by 120 days until August 28, 2019. This document also announces that CMS will be releasing additional data underlying the FFS Adjuster Study released October 26, 2018.
The comment period for RADV provisions (that is, section II.C.2. of the November 1, 2018 proposed rule and proposed §§ 422.300, 422.310(e) and 422.311(a) of the regulations text), published on November 1, 2018 (83 FR 54982), and extended on December 27, 2018 (83 FR 66661), is further extended to 5 p.m. on August 28, 2019.
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Extension of the Public Comment Period
In the November 1, 2018 proposed rule (83 FR 54982) titled, “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Medicaid Fee-For-Service, and Medicaid Managed Care Programs for Years 2020 and 2021,” we included preamble language and regulatory provisions regarding the proposed Risk Adjustment Data Validation audit methodology and the proposal not to apply a Fee-For-Service (FFS) Adjuster. We posted a FFS Adjuster Study on October 26, 2018.
In the March 6, 2019 Federal Register (84 FR 8069), we published a document titled “Medicare Program; Release of Data Underlying Risk Adjustment Data Validation Provisions” that announced the release of data underlying the proposed policies regarding the use of extrapolation in MA Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) audits and the Fee-for-Service (FFS) Adjuster.
CMS is announcing the release of additional data underlying the October 26, 2018 FFS Adjuster Study. Updates to existing documentation related to the study data, as well as additional data without Personally Identifiable Information, were posted on the CPI Private Plans Team website on April 25, 2019. Additional data containing Protected Health Information are being made available by CMS to all parties who have entered into an applicable data use agreement and to those parties who can request this information if they agree to enter into an applicable data use agreement. CMS expects to release that data by June 14th. This will be the final release of data from the October 26, 2018 FFS Adjuster Study.
In addition to releasing this additional data from the previously published study, CMS intends to replicate that study, publish the results, and release associated data. Doing so will allow CMS to both test its initial results and release a more complete set of underlying data. Certain intermediate data elements not saved in the implementation of the initial study would be preserved in the replication and made available through publication.
In order to maximize the opportunity for the public to provide meaningful input to CMS, we believe it is important to allow additional time for the public to prepare comments on the RADV provisions of the proposed rule. In addition, we believe granting a 120-day extension to the public comment period in this instance would further our overall objective to obtain public input and to generate information that will be useful to our agency's decision makers. Therefore, this document announces the extension of the public comment period until August 28, 2019 for the RADV provisions included in the November 1, 2018 proposed rule (83 FR 55037 through 55041 and 55077).
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Dated: April, 22, 2019.
Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
[FR Doc. 2019-08691 Filed 4-25-19; 4:15 pm]
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