Announcements

Check this page often for news about important program updates, training opportunities, and educational information.

Date Title
May 10, 2018 RDS Plan Sponsors and Vendors: MBI Reminder

Your organization should only use the MBI information for system readiness and care coordination purposes as needed. 

May 8, 2018 Cost Threshold and Cost Limit Amounts for Plan Years Ending in 2019, and the Parameters for Medicare Part D Plans in 2019

On Monday, April 2, 2018 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 plans that end in 2019,  as well as the parameters for Medicare Part D plans in 2019.

April 1, 2018 CMS’ RDS Center Now Accepting MBI

Effective April 1, 2018, CMS' RDS Center is accepting Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) in retiree files.

March 19, 2018 Reminder: RDS To Begin Accepting MBI on April 1, 2018

CMS' RDS Center would like to remind the Plan Sponsor community that, in accordance with CMS’ New Medicare Card Project initiative, beginning April 1, 2018, the RDS Center shall begin accepting the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) in retiree files.

November 13, 2017 Retiree File Changes to Accommodate MBI

In accordance with CMS' New Medicare Card Project, CMS' RDS Center has updated the retiree file formats to accommodate the future use of MBI.

October 26, 2017 Webinar Recap Article Now Available: New Medicare Card Project

CMS' RDS Center presented the New Medicare Card Project webinar on October 24, 2017. A recap article has been published describing the topics covered and answering common questions that were received.

June 30, 2017 Updated Login Warning and Processing Multiple Records for the Same Beneficiary Within the Same File

CMS' RDS Center has updated the Login Warning that all users must agree to when accessing the RDS Secure Website. To review the updated Login Warning, refer to the Login Warning page located in the Agreements section of the RDS Program Website.

May 7, 2017 Cost Threshold and Cost Limit Amounts for Plan Years Ending in 2018, and the Parameters for Medicare Part D Plans in 2018

On Monday, April 3, 2017 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 2018, as well as the parameters for Medicare Part D plans in 2018.

April 27, 2017 CMS’ New Medicare Card Project

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a memorandum (updated 09/25/2017) regarding the New Medicare Card Project (known before as the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI)).

February 15, 2017 Resources for a Successful Reconciliation

March is one of the busiest Reconciliation months for many RDS Plan Sponsors. To help facilitate a successful Reconciliation process, CMS’ RDS Center encourages the Plan Sponsor community to take advantage of the resources available on the RDS Program Website.

Page last updated: April 01, 2016