- November 11, 2015
Coming Soon – New RDS Secure Website Functionality and Communications
CMS' RDS Center will soon be implementing changes to the RDS Secure Website and in the communications process when making payments.
- November 11, 2015
New RDS Common Questions Category: Top Plan Sponsor Questions
CMS' RDS Center has added a list of Top Plan Sponsor Questions to the Common Questions section of the RDS Program Website.
- September 4, 2015
Meet Your 2016 Application Deadline: Tips for Success
September and October are the busiest months for RDS Plan Sponsors preparing their annual applications.
- 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.
- Assigning a Different Role to a Current RDS Secure Website User
The RDS Secure Website allows an individual to act in only one role at a time. If a Plan Sponsor wishes to assign a different role to a current user, it should keep a few things in mind.
- Resolving RDS Secure Website User Account Issues
Do you need to retrieve your RDS Secure Website Login ID, fix your email address, or enable your user account?
- 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?
- 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.