Technical Assistance Tool

State Options and Considerations for Sharing Medicaid Enrollment and Service Use Information with D-SNPs

New federal rules released in April 2019 require that Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) must, at a minimum, coordinate the delivery of Medicare and Medicaid benefits. The final rule includes new regulatory language effective January 1, 2020 and provides examples of ways that D-SNPs should coordinate their members’ Medicare and Medicaid services. This technical assistance brief discusses issues and options for states to support D-SNPs in meeting this requirement.

Sample Language for State Medicaid Agency Contracts with Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans

As of 2021, the contracts that Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) have with state Medicaid agencies must include not just the elements specified by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008, but also new language detailing the requirements issued by CMS in April 2019 to increase the level of Medicare and Medicaid coordination and integration provided by these plans. This technical assistance tool provides sample contract language that states can use in their D-SNP contract to comply with these requirements.

Glossary of Terms Related to Integrated Care for Dually Eligible Individuals

The Integrated Care Resource Center (ICRC) uses a variety of terms related to integrated care for dually eligible individuals in our written products and webinars. ICRC broadly uses the term “integrated care” to describe systems in which Medicare and Medicaid program administrative requirements, financing, benefits, and/or care delivery are aligned. In general, in “integrated care” systems, Medicare and Medicaid services are coordinated and may be covered through a single entity or coordinating entities, such as through health plans, medical systems, and/or providers.

Integrated Appeal and Grievance Processes for Integrated D-SNPs with “Exclusively Aligned Enrollment”

On April 16, 2019, CMS released a final rule that implements provisions of the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) requiring greater D-SNP integration, including integrated plan-level appeal and grievance processes for certain “applicable integrated plans.” This fact sheet is intended to help states with applicable integrated plans understand the new integrated appeal and grievance processes, the types of D-SNPs that are required to use them, and steps that states can take to help ensure effective implementation of the new processes in 2021.

Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP) Enrollment Restrictions Resulting from the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA)

This technical assistance tool describes the regulation that allows Medicare plans that provide prescription drug coverage (including MMPs) to use drug management programs to limit access to certain controlled substances determined to be “frequently abused drugs” for patients who are determined to be at-risk for prescription drug abuse due to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA).

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Using Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) Files to Identify Dually Eligible Individuals

States need to be able to identify individuals who are (or will become) dually eligible for several reasons. Since 2005, states have exchanged files  -- known as the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) files -- with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that identify current and prospective dually eligible individuals. This technical assistance tools explains how states can identify Medicaid enrollees who are currently dually eligible, as well as Medicaid enrollees who will become dually eligible in the next three months (known as “prospective” dually eligible individuals) tho