The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on the information collection requirements in two key areas for rural stakeholders:
- CMS Plan Benefit Package and Formulary 2025: Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan organizations are required to submit plan benefit packages for all Medicare beneficiaries residing in their service area. These include information on premiums, formularies, cost sharing, prior authorizations, and supplemental benefits. This information is commonly reviewed by beneficiaries on Medicare Plan Finder, which allows beneficiaries to access and compare Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plans.
- Satisfaction of Nursing Homes, Hospitals, and Outpatient Clinicians Working with the CMS Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors Program: CMS is also seeking input on revisions to its data collection requirements for several health care provider-focused quality improvement surveys that are part of the Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors Program. CMS made these changes to inform its evaluation of technical assistance provided to nursing homes and outpatient clinicians in community settings, as well as to hospitals.
Comment by February 26.