- June 11, 2015
Coming Soon – Removal of Authorized Representative Verification Requirement
Currently, as a condition of requesting Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) payments, Plan Sponsors are required to submit an Authorized Representative Verification form to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS') RDS Center acknowledging that the Authorized Representative listed on the application has the legal authority to bind the Plan Sponsor to the terms of the Plan Sponsor Agreement.
- June 11, 2015
RDS User Guide Updated - Avoid an Overpayment at Reconciliation
CMS' RDS Center has added a new Avoid an Overpayment at Reconciliation section to the RDS User Guide.
- April 10, 2015
Cost Threshold and Cost Limit Amounts for Plan Years Ending in 2016, and the Parameters for Medicare Part D Plans in 2016
On Monday, April 6, 2015 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Cost Threshold and Cost Limit amounts that apply to Plan Sponsors participating in CMS' Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Program, with qualified prescription drug years that end in 2015, as well as the parameters for Medicare Part D plans in 2016.
- March 27, 2015
CMS' RDS Center Help Line Telephone Support Discontinued
Telephone support through CMS' RDS Center Help Line has been discontinued.
- March 12, 2015
New RDS Welcome Kit Vendor Resources and Common Questions
CMS' RDS Center has updated the RDS Welcome Kit with two new Vendor-related resources. Additionally, new questions and answers have been added to the Appealing an Initial Determination section of the Common Questions.
- How Do I Know My Application Deadline Was Met?
Both a Valid Initial Online Application and a Valid Initial Retiree List must be submitted prior to the expiration of the Application Deadline.
- Processing Multiple Retiree Files for an Application
Have you recently sent CMS' RDS Center multiple retiree files for an application and are wondering when Retiree Response Files will be available?
- Viewing Cost Reports on the RDS Secure Website
Are you unable to see cost reports submitted for your application? There are a number of reasons you may not be able to view them on the RDS Secure Website.
- Options After a Missed Application Deadline
If a Plan Sponsor misses the Application Deadline, it has a couple of options, which can be pursued at the same time.
- Avoiding an Overpayment at Reconciliation
Have you been in an overpayment situation at Reconciliation for multiple plan years?
- RDS Appeals Documentary Evidence/Post-Reconciliation Discrepancy Example
Do you need to submit documentary evidence for an appeal or disclose incomplete or inaccurate post-Reconciliation or post-final payment data? An RDS Appeals Documentary Evidence/Post-Reconciliation Discrepancy Example is now available.
- 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.