- August 15, 2015
Authorized Representative Verification Requirement Removed
Previously, in order to receive Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) payment, Plan Sponsors were required to submit an Authorized Representative Verification Form to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to verify 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.
- July 17, 2015
Maintain Active User Accounts to Receive Payment
CMS' RDS Center will not make payments to a Plan Sponsor if the Authorized Representative or Account Manager has an inactive RDS Secure Website user account.
- July 17, 2015
Prepare Now - Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period (OEP) is Approaching
The Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period (October 15 - December 7) is quickly approaching. OEP can have a significant impact on your ability to receive subsidy for a covered retiree.
- 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.
- Do you need to report a change of Plan Sponsor EIN or Company Name?
As part of the Plan Sponsor Agreement and in accordance with 42 C.F.R. §423.892 of Federal regulations, Plan Sponsors are required to provide CMS with notice at least 60 days prior to the anticipated effective date of a change of Plan Sponsor Name or EIN (i.e., a change of ownership).
- Awaiting Confirmation When Submitting an Interim Payment Request
When submitting an interim payment request, allow the RDS Secure Website several minutes to provide confirmation that the request has been submitted.
- 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.
- 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.