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1 MEDICARE SALES & MARKETING ACTIVITIES AND REFERENCE CHART GENERAL MARKETING PRACTICES CMS defines Marketing as the act of steering, or attempting to steer, a potential enrollee (prospect) towards a plan or limited number of plans, or promoting a plan or a number of plans. Market MA and Part D plans to all eligible Medicare beneficiaries (both under and over 65). Accept and perform enrollments. Selling activities must not discriminate against: Race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age; Mental or physical disability; Health status, claims experience, medical history, genetic information; Evidence of insurability or geographic location. Plans/Part D Sponsors may not target beneficiaries from higher income areas or state or otherwise imply that they are available only to seniors rather than to all Medicare beneficiaries. Only Special Needs Plans (SNPs) and MMPs may limit enrollment to dualeligibles, institutionalized individuals, or individuals with severe or disabling chronic conditions and/or may target items and services to corresponding categories of beneficiaries. Basic services and information must be made available to individuals with disabilities, upon request. NOT conduct or give the impression of cherry picking. Cherry picking is defined as selectively choosing the best of what is available. 1

2 Distribute health plan brochures and pre enrollment materials that have been provided by the plan and approved by CMS. The materials must be current. Example in the lower left hand corner is a material identification number. The middle number, Y0071_15_XXXXX, indicates the year a material was submitted/approved to the plan and/or CMS for use. An agent must verify that a prior year s material is still compliant for use. State that the plan is approved for participation in Medicare programs and/or that it is contracted to administer Medicare benefits. NOT Use materials that have not been approved by CMS and WellPoint. NOT Use materials that are out of date. NOT Alter anything outside the bracketed areas of template material. NOT Use materials, presentations or give false impression that you, the business or product is recommended or endorsed by Medicare or any other government agency. NOT Engage in activities that mislead or confuse Medicare beneficiaries or provide false or misleading information about the plan and the benefits. This includes, but is not limited to, misstatements/embellishments about plan benefits and/or provider networks. NOT Use qualified or other superlatives, including (but not limited to) referring to the plan you are marketing/selling as the best, the highest ranked, rated number one, etc. Collect enrollment applications after the start of the AEP, 10/15. NOT Collect or offer to hold applications for AEP prior to 10/15. Collect enrollment applications for beneficiaries who are aging in throughout the year or eligible for a SEP or other election period. SALES EVENT PRACTICES There are two types of sales events: formal and informal. They are designed to steer, or attempt to steer, potential enrollees toward a plan or a limited set of plans. At marketing/sales events, the Plan/Part D Sponsor may promote specific benefits/premiums and/or services offered by the plan. Plans/Part D Sponsors may also accept enrollment forms and perform enrollment at marketing/sales events. Discuss ONLY those products (HMO, PPO) that were submitted to the plan and CMS for the event. Announce all products/plan types that will be covered during the sales event at the beginning of that sales event (e.g., HMO, PPO, etc). NOT Discuss products not included in the advertisement. NOT Omit introducing yourself or the plans that you will be discussing at the beginning of the sales event. 2

3 Submit all formal and informal sales events to so they can be reported to CMS within established timelines. Be present at the site, at the time that the event is scheduled to occur, and remain on site at least 15 minutes after the scheduled start of the event, even if the event is cancelled. At a formal event, present benefit information found in the sales kit and use the CMS approved Sales Presentation. Provide light snacks at promotional or sales activities where plan benefits are being discussed and/or plan materials are being distributed. NOT Conduct a Sales event that has not been reported to CMS. NOT Cross sell any non health care related products (annuities, life insurance, etc.) during any sales event. Dental coverage is considered health care coverage. NOT Leave brochures on non health care related products at any sales activity. NOT Use a sales script, presentation, or materials that have not been approved for use by WellPoint and/or CMS. NOT Provide or subsidize meals or provide multiple items that could reasonably be considered a meal. GIFTS/PROMOTIONAL ITEMS Offer promotional items to potential enrollees: Whether or not the individual enrolls in the plan; The gift is worth $15 or less, based on the retail value of the item, and; The combined value of all items offered cannot exceed $15, at a time. Promotional items must be offered to all potential enrollees. NOT Offer a gift over $15 based on the retail value of the item. NOT Offer gifts as an inducement to enroll. NOT Provide cash gifts or gift certificates and gift cards that can be converted to cash, regardless of dollar amount. NOT Use personal contact information obtained to notify prospects of raffle or drawing winnings for any other purpose. 3

4 a beneficiary if the beneficiary agrees to receive s from the plan or an agent. Always provide an opt out process for beneficiaries who no longer wish to receive e mail communications. MAILING AND ING PRACTICES NOT using: Purchased lists or addresses obtained through any type of directory, or e mail addresses obtained through friends or referrals. a beneficiary if the beneficiary has not agreed to receive s. a beneficiary if the permission to receive an was received by an unaffiliated third party. Mass any marketing material. This can easily create a potential privacy incident should beneficiary addresses be made available to others. Do mailings, e.g., advertising, marketing materials, etc., IF the material has been approved for use by WellPoint and CMS. NOT Mail information to Medicare beneficiaries or current members using any disclaimer other than this is an advertisement unless otherwise reviewed and approved by WellPoint. SOLICITED versus UNSOLICITED CONTACTS Plans must follow all telephone and guidance in marketing through unsolicited contacts as noted in Medicare Marketing Guidelines 70.4, 70.5 and Call a beneficiary when the beneficiary has given express permission to contact them. NOT Participate in door to door solicitation of Medicare beneficiaries. NOT Leave information such as a leaflet, flyer, or door hanger at a residence or on someone s car. NOT Participate in telephonic or electronic solicitation, including leaving voic messages on answering machines, text messages, or sending unsolicited s. Call to confirm an appointment that has already been agreed to by the beneficiary via a completed SOA form. Return a beneficiary s phone calls or messages as these are not unsolicited. NOT Approach individuals in common or public areas such as, but not limited to, parking lots, sidewalks, hallways, lobbies and restaurants. NOT Call or approach a beneficiary without the beneficiary initiating the contact. NOT Use outdated consent forms to contact beneficiaries. Permission to contact is required to be product and event specific and cannot be treated as 4

5 open ended permission for future contact. A person responding to a Business reply card should be contacted within a reasonable period of time. NOT Initiate any unsolicited outbound calls to beneficiaries. NOT Call/visit beneficiaries after attendance at a sales event, unless the beneficiary gives express permission at the event for a follow up or visit and has completed a Scope of Appointment (SOA) form. NOT Conduct unsolicited phone calls to beneficiaries (other than to current plan members or to an agent s existing clientele). Enroll a beneficiary if the beneficiary makes a request to enroll via an inbound phone call. NOTE: Agents/brokers who have a pre scheduled appointment that becomes a no show may leave information at the no show beneficiary s residence. NOT Conduct or allow unsolicited marketing calls to beneficiaries for other business (for example, a benefits compare meeting) and then provide those contacts to other plans for ultimate use in a MA or PDP sales appointment. NOT Begin by selling a Medicare Supplement plan and then turn the conversation to MA or PDP products without the beneficiaries expressed request. Comply to the extent applicable with the following: Federal Trade Commission s Requirements for Sellers and Telemarketers; Federal Communications Commission rules and applicable State law; National Do Not Call Registry; Honor Do not call again requests. Abide by Federal and State calling hours. Get consent for future contact that is limited in scope, and event specific. The consent to contact may not be treated as open ended permission for future contacts. NOT Accept an MA or PDP appointment from a third party lead that resulted from an unsolicited contact with a beneficiary. Generate leads through plan approved mailings, websites, and advertising and public sales events. NOT Use Unsolicited third party leads. NOT Make unsolicited calls to beneficiaries for non MA and PDP products and provide those contacts to plans for ultimate use as an MA or PDP sales appointment. 5

6 Discuss only the product(s) referenced on the business reply card, lead card, and/or in the advertisement. All business reply cards and lead cards used for documenting beneficiary agreement for a contact must be current and CMS approved. Call a beneficiary in response to a Business reply card or a lead card. The beneficiary returns a business reply card that includes a phone number, and specifically says the beneficiary is giving the plan and/or agent permission to call. REFERRAL PROGRAMS NOT Discuss any product(s) that were not referenced on the business reply card, lead card and/or in the advertisement. NOT Call a beneficiary in response to a business reply card or a lead card if the card does not expressly state that the beneficiary is giving the plan and/or agent permission to call. Permission to call applies only to the entity from which the beneficiary requested contact, for the duration of that transaction, for the scope of product (e.g., MA PD plan or PDP) previously discussed or indicated in the reply card. Referral programs (solicitations for leads) from current enrollees/members for new enrollees. Gifts offered for referrals must be available to all members that provide a referral; and CANNOT be conditioned on actual enrollment of the person being referred. Solicit potential new members by conventional mail only. NOT Request or use referred phone numbers or addresses. Ask for referrals from current enrollees/members names and mailing addresses ONLY. NOT Announce that gifts will be offered in exchange for referrals in any solicitations for leads. SCOPE OF APPOINTMENTS (SOA) and Individual Appointments Practices CMS expects SOAs to be collected 48 hours prior to the appointment, when practicable. If it is not practicable, document on the SOA why you were not able to obtain the scope of appointment prior to the appointment. The beneficiary must agree to the purpose and products to be discussed in the appointment and that agreement must be documented in writing by using the SOA. Have a pre set appointment with an individual to market MA and/or Part D plans. NOT Return uninvited to an earlier no show appointment. NOT Obtain the SOA immediately prior to the Sales appointment unless otherwise unavoidable. 6

7 Require that the beneficiary signs a new SOA if the beneficiary wants to discuss another product not agreed upon for the initial appointment. An agent has obtained an SOA for a pre scheduled appointment with a beneficiary to discuss MA products. During the appointment, the beneficiary wants to discuss a PDP product. The beneficiary must sign a new SOA and then the agent may continue the marketing appointment. A new separate appointment is not required. Obtain a SOA for existing clients/members as well as new members if the beneficiary is interested in changing plans. An agent meets with a current member to discuss switching plans. An SOA would need to be obtained for this appointment. Leave materials/brochures for health care products the beneficiary did not agree to discuss when the appointment was set up. Keep records of all your appointments for 10 years, including Scope of Appointment (SOA), regardless of outcome, i.e., retain all appointment books, calendars, etc. For beneficiary walk ins to a Plan or agent s office or other similar beneficiaryinitiated face to face sales event, complete the SOA Form and obtain the beneficiaries signature prior to discussing MA or PDP plans. Indicate on the form that the beneficiary was a walk in. There is no 48 hour waiting period; you may discuss the plans agreed upon at that time. NOT Discuss plan products not agreed upon by the beneficiary prior to the appointment. An agent meets with a beneficiary to discuss a Medicare Supplement product. An SOA Form was not completed. During the meeting, the beneficiary wants to discuss MA products. The agent would then need to obtain a signed SOA. NOT Conduct an appointment with another beneficiary if the other individual has not a done a separate SOA. An agent has a pre scheduled sales appointment at a beneficiary s home. Upon arrival, the agent discovers that the beneficiary has invited their neighbor, who is also interested in meeting with the agent. The agent will need to have the neighbor complete a SOA. The agent can then proceed with the appointment with the beneficiary and neighbor. NOT Call or visit a beneficiary who attended a sales event, unless the beneficiary gave express permission at the event for a follow up call or visit via a SOA. NOT Discard SOA Forms or phone recordings for at least 10 years. Keeping electronic (scanned copies) of paper SOAs is acceptable as long as they are backed up and cannot be lost due to systemic failure. NOT Begin discussing MA or PDP plans prior to the beneficiary signing the SOA Form. 7

8 Conduct sales or marketing activities in common areas of health care settings. Examples: Hospital cafeteria Nursing home cafeteria Community/recreational rooms Senior Center multi purpose rooms Conference rooms Space outside of where patients wait for services or interact with providers and obtain medications Schedule an appointment with a beneficiary residing in a long term care facility, or nursing home if requested to do so by the beneficiary. MARKETING IN HEALTHCARE SETTINGS NOT Conduct sales or marketing activities in areas where patients primarily receive health care services or where health care is delivered. Examples: Physician Offices Pharmacies Waiting rooms/examination rooms Hospital patient rooms Pharmacy counter areas ONLINE, PAPER & TELEPHONE ENROLLMENTS NOT Conduct promotional activities (collect enrollment forms, go door todoor) in resident rooms of long term care facilities or nursing homes without a prior appointment. Accept enrollments via a link to the plan sponsor s secure internet website using CMS approved materials and web pages. Accept telephonic and plan sponsor website enrollment requests that are effectuated entirely by the beneficiary or the authorized representative. Accept paper enrollments within an appropriate enrollment period. Submit all enrollments within 24 hours of receipt. NOT Accept enrollments via an agent/broker website. NOT Be physically present with a beneficiary at the time of a telephonic enrollment. NOT Hold applications any longer than 24 hours. CMS begins the clock for the plan to process the application when the agent/broker receives the application not when the plan receives it. Services provided by Empire HealthChoice HMO, Inc. and/or Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc., licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. Y0071_14_21344_I 08/28/2014 8

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