The ASB recently adopted ASOP No. 49, Medicaid Managed Care Capitation Rate Development and Certification. The ASOP was developed to establish guidance for actuaries preparing, reviewing, or giving advice on capitation rates for Medicaid programs, including those certified in accordance with 42 CFR 438.6(c). Since the federal regulations took effect, actuaries have used various methods to prepare the capitation rates. ASOP No. 49 incorporates the appropriate aspects of these methods to establish guidance and considerations in the rate development process. ASOP No. 49, which will be effective for opinions and certifications issued on or after August 1, 2015, can be viewed under the tab “Current Standards (ASOPs).”
The ASB recently approved an exposure draft titled Determining Minimum Value and Actuarial Value under the Affordable Care Act. The actuarial standard of practice will apply to actuaries performing professional services with respect to calculating actuarial values and testing minimum value requirements in accordance with the Affordable Care Act and related regulations, specifically for purposes of (1) categorizing individual and small group health insurance plans into metal levels; (2) testing whether large employer-sponsored health insurance plans meet the federal minimum value requirements; or (3) making any required certifications. The comment deadline for the exposure draft is May 1, 2015 and can be viewed under the "Current Exposure Drafts" tab.
The ASB approved a new exposure draft titled Assessment and Disclosure of Risk Associated with Measuring Pension Obligations and Determining Pension Plan Contributions. The proposed ASOP will provide guidance to actuaries when performing actuarial services with respect to measuring obligations under a pension plan and calculating actuarially determined contributions for such plans, with regard to the assessment and disclosure of the risks inherent in those measurements and determinations. The proposed ASOP will apply to actuaries when performing a funding valuation of a pension plan but will not be applicable to actuarial services performed in connection with other post-employment benefits, such as medical benefits. The comment deadline for the exposure draft is May 29, 2015 and can be viewed under the "Current Exposure Drafts" tab.
The ASB recently adopted a final revision of ASOP No. 35, Selection of Demographic and Other Noneconomic Assumptions for Measuring Pension Obligations, during its September meeting.Significant modifications from the current version of the ASOP include making the guidelines for a reasonable assumption consistent with the guidelines contained in ASOP No. 27, Selection of Economic Assumptions for Measuring Pension Obligations, and revising the guidance in the ASOP to require disclosure of rationale for assumption selection. The standard will be effective for any actuarial work product with a measurement date on or after June 30, 2015. Earlier adoption of the standard is encouraged. The final revision of ASOP No. 35 can be viewed in the "Soon-to-be Effective ASOPs" section under the "Standards of Practice" tab.
The Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) establishes and improves standards of actuarial practice. These Actuarial Standards of Practice (ASOPs) identify what the actuary should consider, document, and disclose when performing an actuarial assignment. The ASB’s goal is to set standards for appropriate practice for the United States.