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CMS sets Medicare Advantage and drug plan MLR rules

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the final version of regulations that will affect how insurers manage and price private Medicare plans.

The final rule, Medical Loss Ratio Requirements for the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs (CMS-4173-F), explains how CMS wants insurers to apply new minimum medical loss ratio (MLR) rules to Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D drug plans.

In the final rule, CMS officials decided to let plans include cash recouped through fraud-prevention efforts to be included in the incurred claims total, but to exclude fraud prevention and network management costs from the QIA cost total.

"Even though fraud prevention is not a QIA, we believe this provides an incentive for [Medicare Advantage] organizations and Part D sponsors to engage in fraud reduction activities," officials said in a preamble to the final rule.

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