- October 17, 2014
New Common Questions and RDS Spotlight
More than 200 Common Questions have been posted on the RDS Program Website. Additionally, a new RDS Spotlight section has been added to the homepage.
- September 18, 2014
Updated RDS User Guide Now Available
The RDS User Guide has been restructured to streamline your experience in locating the information you need to complete your program tasks.
- September 18, 2014
Webinar Recap Article Now Available: Navigating the Application Submission Process
If you were unable to attend the recent RDS Community Information Group (CIG) webinar on navigating the Application Submission Process, review the recap article for an overview of the information covered.
- August 7, 2014
RDS CIG Webinar: Navigating the Application Submission Process – Register Now
Join the Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Community Information Group (CIG) on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time for a webinar focused on navigating the Application Submission Process.
- July 29, 2014
Webinar Recap Article Now Available: Preparing for the Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period
Were you unable to attend the recent RDS Community Information Group (CIG) webinar on preparing for the Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period? Review the recap article now.
- June 20, 2014
RDS CIG Webinar: Preparing for the Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period
Join the Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Community Information Group (CIG) on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time for a webinar focused on preparing for the Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period (OEP).
- June 20, 2014
New Resource Library Available
CMS' RDS Center has created an RDS Program Website Resource Library, which gathers important program materials together into one location for quick access.
- June 20, 2014
Reminder to Mainframe Users: Electronic Transmittal Form Requirements
Reminder: Plan Sponsors and Vendors that submit retiree lists and cost reports through Mainframe are no longer required to complete a new Electronic Transmittal Form (ETF) for each new RDS application.
- June 6, 2014
RDS Welcome Kit Now Available
CMS' RDS Center is pleased to announce the release of an RDS Welcome Kit to help new Account Managers, Authorized Representatives, Actuaries, and Designees become aquainted with the RDS Program and their role-specific tasks.
- April 19, 2014
Mandatory Payment Reduction in RDS Reconciliation Payments
CMS' RDS Center has published an important document, Mandatory Payment Reduction in CMS' Retiree Drug Subsidy Reconciliation Payments, in the Featured Content section of this website.
- Keep Your Email Address Up to Date
CMS' RDS Center's official means of communication to the Plan Sponsor is through email. CMS' RDS Center sends out various types of communications such as deadline reminder emails, final application approval notifications, and more. To receive this information, RDS Secure Website users need to have a valid email address in the RDS system. Verify your information in the RDS Secure Website now. Refer to Manage User Information for step-by-step instructions.
- New to RDS? Get the RDS Welcome Kit
Are you a new Account Manager, Authorized Representative, Actuary, or Designee? Check out the RDS Welcome Kit to get acquainted with the RDS Program and your role-specific tasks. The RDS Welcome Kit offers a list of Top 5 Things to Know, a User Roles Support Tool, and role-based Quick Start Guides.
- Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period (OEP) Is Here
The Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period (October 15 - December 7) can have a significant impact on your ability to receive subsidy for a covered retiree. Learn how to reduce the impact of OEP on your RDS Qualifying Covered Retirees. Review the Technical Article Preparing for the Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period and the recap article from the July 2014 CMS' RDS CIG webinar for more information.
- Entering Organization Name When Creating a Plan Sponsor Account
When entering the Plan Sponsor’s organization name when creating a Plan Sponsor Account in the RDS Secure Website, keep in mind that the Organization Name field allows a maximum of 50 characters, including spaces. If the entire legal organization name does not fit in the field, enter it without abbreviation (word for word), until the character limit is reached.
- Preparing for Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period
Find out how the Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period (OEP) can impact your ability to receive subsidy for a covered retiree.
- Covered Retiree List and Interim Cost Reporting
Learn about the seven actions Plan Sponsors can follow when preparing Interim Payment Requests to ensure the CRL is properly communicated and retiree information is managed.
- Coordinating Individual Qualifying Covered Retiree Costs
Understand when a Plan Sponsor is required to coordinate individual retiree cost data and what is needed to report cost data.
- Interim Payments in the Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Program
Take this six-module training course to understand the Interim Payment Process.
- Reconciliation Overview Web-Based Training
Learn about the Reconciliation process, its business purpose, and its place in the Application Lifecycle.
- Reconciliation Toolkit
Review best practices and suggestions to help you plan for and complete Reconciliation.
- Sample Retiree File Spreadsheet
Learn how to create and upload retiree files to CMS' RDS Center on the RDS Secure Website.