CMS finalizes 2018 Medicare Advantage, Part D rates: 4 things to know

CMS finalized a 0.45 percent rate increase for the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs in 2018.  

Here are four things to know.

1. The rate finalized Monday in CMS' 2018 Rate Announcement and Call Letter is up from the 0.25 percent proposed in February.

2. The agency predicts Medicare Advantage plans and Part D sponsors will see a 2.95 percent change in revenue in 2018, after accounting for trends in coding acuity.

3. CMS finalized polices that encourage safeguards for opioid dispensation at pharmacies.

In a press release, the agency said it "expects all Part D sponsors to focus on improving the coordination of care among enrollees using high dosage of opioids, and in particular, Medicare Advantage plans that include prescription drug coverage should consider expanding the care management they provide enrollees."

4. CMS also issued a Request for Information for feedback on Medicare Advantage and Part D programs. Comments are due by April 24. 

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