Category Archives: Materials CreationHow to Keep Your MA Staff’s Skillset Current in the Slow Season
The work of creating member documents for Medicare Advantage (MA) members is a highly seasonal endeavor. Typically, MA staff begin work on these documents in mid-April. Per Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) must be in members’ homes by September 30, and Evidence of Coverage (EOC) documents are due by October 15.
After that date, the intensity of the work effort on MA documents is considerably reduced and employees turn to other assignments. During this period, it’s a challenge to keep employees’ skill sets sharp and up-to-date. Read more »
Category Archives: Materials CreationPERSPECTIVES: How to Improve Communications with Health Plan Members
Imagine a Medicare Advantage member thumbing through the Evidence of Coverage (EOC) document from his insurance company, struggling to find the information he’s looking for in this 200-page document. Now imagine this member works on building EOCs and other communications for health plans every day, and he still can’t find what he’s looking for.
That MA member/insurance document expert is me.
If someone who looks at these materials day in and day out can’t find the information that’s relevant to him, what hope does the average American have?
Category Archives: Materials Creation4 ways to reduce – or eliminate – errors in your ANOCs and EOCs
The accuracy of Annual Notice of Changes (ANOC) and Evidence of Coverage (EOC) documents is an important requirement for all health plans. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) takes errors in these documents very seriously and penalties are given to health plans that distribute documents with errors.
CMS recently announced changes to the distribution of these documents. ANOCs and EOCs have been uncoupled, and electronic sharing of EOCs is now allowed. CMS has also reiterated the importance of distributing these documents on time and in compliance. Read more »
Category Archives: Materials CreationWhat Sets CODY Apart from Other Consulting Firms
Health plans have many options when searching for a consulting partner to help streamline operations and/or outsource key business functions – and not all of them are created equally. There are certain traits to look for when hiring a great consulting partner and many will check most or all of these boxes.
So, what sets CODY apart from others in the field? Read more »
Category Archives: Materials CreationWhat Does CMS’s New Rule Regarding Electronic EOCs Mean for Health Plans?
In its 2019 annual notice, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued regulatory changes that impact how and when health plans must provide Evidence of Coverage (EOC) documents to members.
What the Rule Allows
The rule brings the following major changes to Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs), Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs), and section 1876 Cost Plans:
- The Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) and the Evidence of Coverage (EOC) documents are now two independent documents with different delivery requirements and flexibilities. Beginning with Contract Year 2019, ANOCs and EOCs no longer need to be combined in the mailing due to members by September 30.
- Health plans may now share EOCs electronically rather than printing and mailing the documents
- Health plans will now have until October 15 to either ensure receipt of the EOC by members, or provide EOCs electronically
Category Archives: Materials CreationCan Outsourcing Your Member Marketing Materials Production Pay for Itself?
Many health plans are currently considering how to manage creation and distribution of marketing materials due to members September 30. The reality is, health plans have two options:
- Develop materials in-house, and outsource printing and fulfillment to a vendor; or
- Outsource the entire materials production process – materials creation, and print and fulfillment – to a vendor
The prospect of not having to create materials in-house may appeal to many marketing directors. However, with health plans operating on tight budgets, many may think that outsourcing the entire process would be too costly.
But, if outsourcing your member materials production could pay for itself, wouldn’t it be worth considering?
Category Archives: Materials CreationAre you Outsourcing your ANOC and EOC Creation to the Best People for the Job?
Preparing materials for the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) – namely Annual Notice of Changes (ANOC), Evidence of Coverage (EOC), and Summary of Benefits (SB) documents – can be a time-consuming, labor-intensive process wrought with compliance risk. As a result, many health plans opt to outsource the creation of these documents to a third-party vendor.
There are several benefits to outsourcing the creation of ANOC, EOC and SB documents. But not all vendors are created equally. Below are three things to look for when hiring a third-party vendor to create your ANOC and EOC documents. Read more »
Category Archives: Materials Creation6 Traits of a Great Consulting Partner
In the world of Medicare and Medicaid, choosing a consulting partner to help streamline your health plan’s operations can be tricky. While a company or individual may be well-versed in best practices for project management or operational efficiency, they may not understand the unique requirements of the payer market – making them less than effective at addressing your needs.
With that in mind, below are six traits to look for when choosing a consulting partner to work with your health plan: Read more »
Category Archives: Materials CreationHow CodySoft’s® Collateral Management Module® Compares to Other Project Management Tools
Our experts have seen it all when it comes to how health plan project managers handle the creation of required member marketing materials. Usually, it involves manually tracking projects using spreadsheets and email, using a generic, out-of-the-box project management software, or a combination of both.
Manual tracking can be extremely time-intensive and highly prone to errors. And even very robust software solutions can be overly complex while still missing the mark on what health plans really need to manage their projects.
Category Archives: Materials Creation3 Ways your Health Plan is Overspending – And How to Stop
Health plans today are feeling more pressure than ever before to do more with less. With increased scrutiny from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and decreased budgets, leadership is constantly looking for ways to save money. Doing so might be easier than you think.
Below are three ways that health plans are overspending, and how they can stop: Read more »