CMS Releases Medicare Advantage Final Rule CMS; Medicare Published:January 19, 2021 Jill Sumner Page ContentCMS released the Contract Year 2022 Medicare Advantage and Part D (MAPD) Final Rule (CMS-4190-F2). The rule codifies several long-standing program changes introduced through previous Call Letters, memos, and other communications. It also introduces a number of new changes. Both types of revisions are summarized below. A more detailed analysis outlining implications for members will be provided in the coming days. New provisions:Beneficiary Real Time Benefit Tool (RTBT) – Part D plans will be required to offer an online tool that will provide beneficiaries with real-time access to prescription drug costs and the ability to compare cost sharing between similar types of drugs. New “Preferred” Specialty Tier in Part D – Plans will be allowed to have a second preferred specialty tier with lower cost sharing. Pharmacy Performance Measures Reporting Requirements – Due to pharmacy concerns that Part D plan performance measures are unattainable and impact pharmacy reimbursement Part D, plans will now need to disclose their pharmacy performance measures to CMS. Implementation of Opioid Provisions – Provisions outlined in the Substance Use-Disorder Prevent that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. These provisions impact Part D plans primarily, but also includes requirements for MAPD plans related to reporting the inappropriate prescribing of opioids. Changes to Existing Provisions:Supplemental Benefit Requirements outlined in Chapter 4 of the Medicare Managed Care Manual. Routine updates to MA and Part D Program Quality Rating System including measures and technical clarifications.