CMS warning: Don't meddle in Medicare plans

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The federal government has cautioned nursing homes against guiding residents toward specific Medicare Part D plans.

"Under no circumstances should a nursing home require, request, coach or steer any resident to select or change a plan for any reason," CMS noted in a letter to state survey agency directors.

Nursing home workers should be especially careful about steering residents toward plans affiliated with pharmacies that have a Medicare Part D relationship with the facility, CMS said. Residents who feel pressured to use a particular plan could face higher premiums or cost sharing responsibilities.
View the letter at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/downloads/SCLetter06-16.pdf.