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New Guidance Published for RDS Payments Placed on Hold

CMS’ RDS Center would like to remind the Plan Sponsor community that, pursuant to 42 C.F.R. 423.888, there are multiple scenarios during the Payment Validation process that can delay or stop a payment request from being processed.

Coming Soon! Updated Guidance for RDS Payments Placed on Hold

CMS’ RDS Center would like to remind the Plan Sponsor community that, pursuant to §423.888, there are multiple scenarios during the Payment Validation process that can delay or stop a payment request from being processed.

Changes to RDS Secure Website Password Rules

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Program has changed our policy regarding RDS Secure Website user account password resets. To give users more flexibility to manage user accounts and avoid inconvenience caused by locked user accounts, CMS’ RDS Center has increased the number of password resets allowed each day.

Interim Sequestration Starts Now!

Beginning with costs incurred in January 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Program will implement an update to the program’s sequestration policy, whereby the mandatory payment reduction will be applied at each interim payment request and the Reconciliation final payment request.

Coming Next Week – Changes to the Mandatory Payment Reduction in CMS’ RDS Payments

Beginning with costs incurred in January 2024, CMS’ RDS Center will implement an update to the sequestration policy, whereby the mandatory two percent (2%) payment reduction will be applied at each interim payment request rather than applying the reduction only to the final payment.

New Secure Website Feature – Text (SMS) Message for User Account Management

The CMS’ RDS Center would like to announce a new text (SMS) message feature has been added to improve the RDS Secure Website login process.

New Secure Website Feature - My RDS Email

A new “My RDS Email” feature is now live in the RDS Secure Website. The My RDS Email page displays the history of email sent to you by CMS’ RDS Center.

Changes to RDS Public Website URLs

The RDS Public Website will be updated on Thursday, October 12, 2023. As part of this update, there will be global updates to website URLs. If you use links, bookmarks, or favorites to access the RDS Public Website, please make sure to update them. Please note that any hyperlinks to RDS Public Website pages contained in RDS program emails sent prior to October 12, 2023, will no longer be valid and may redirect to the RDS Public Website homepage.

Coming in January 2024 – Changes to the Mandatory Payment Reduction in CMS’ RDS Payments

Beginning in January 2024, CMS’ RDS Center will implement an update to the sequestration policy, whereby the mandatory two percent (2%) payment reduction will be applied at each interim payment request rather than applying the reduction only to the final payment. 

New RDS Reason Codes Are Now Active

On September 1, 2023, CMS’ RDS Center implemented two new Reason Codes to communicate RDS eligibility information during retiree data transfers. These codes will support the conditions defined in 42 CFR § 423.4.