2018 Medicare Marketing Guidelines Released by CMS

The 2018 marketing guidelines for Medicare Advantage and Part D drug plans have now been released.

In it, CMS addressed the proposal of cutting out the FMO's when distributing MAPD and Part D drug plans, deciding to leave in the provision where they can make overrides (See 120.4.4).

Also addressed, individual agent websites do not have to be submitted to CMS for specific approval, so long as they are not misleading and they do not specify plans or benefits. They do still, however, have to be approved by the actual plan sponsors (MAPD or Part D companies). (See 100.7)

Source: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Health-Plans/ManagedCareMarketing/FinalPartCMarketingGuidelines.html

You can download the PDF here:CY-2018-Medicare-Marketing-Guidelines_Final072017

The text, in its entirety:

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New Requirement for MAPD Sales

Do you sell Medicare Advantage plans or Part D plans?

If so, in addition to the AHIP test, there is now another, separate test administered only through CMS and it is required.

This test is on Waste, Fraud, and Abuse, as there always had been in the AHIP test already, but now it's required separately.

Courtesy of United Healthcare, this is a link to the instructions as to how to find and take this simple test:

Click here for the document

 

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Radio Interview with Chris Westfall on Medicare

On November 15, 2014, Chris Westfall was interviewed on the “Money Matters” radio program on WSC 94.3FM in Charleston, SC.

The show's host, Rick Durkee, is a well known financial advisor in the greater Charleston area with a financial services firm dedicated to those that are retiring or already in retirement. Chris met Rick through a mutual friend at the radio station and Chris was invited to be a guest on the show, in recognition of the “Medicare season” going on.

Here is the interview, edited by Chris for brevity (commercials removed):