Obama Administration Issues Final 2010 Call Letter for Medicare Advantage Organizations

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On March 30, 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its 2010 Call Letter for Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations (MAOs) and Part D plans. The purpose of the annual Call Letter is to provide information that will help Medicare Advantage organizations, contractors, and prescription drug plan (PDP) sponsors prepare their bids for the upcoming contract year. Bids are due in to CMS on June 1, 2009.

Prior to the issuance of this final Call Letter, the Bush Administration had issued a 2010 Draft Call Letter on January 9, 2009. The Obama Administration rescinded this draft Call Letter on January 22, 2009 to consider the issues further, and reissued a revised 2010 draft Call Letter on February 23, 2009. The final Call Letter issued on March 30 shows the imprint of the new Administration as it makes changes to the MA program that show a focus on greater transparency, ease-of-use for beneficiaries, and simplification of the Medicare Advantage program.

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