This excerpt taken from the UNH 8-K filed Apr 7, 2006.
Part D Accounting
The Company has concluded discussions initiated by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to interim period accounting and reporting under the Companys contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide Medicare Part D insurance benefits beginning January 1, 2006. The accounting and reporting conclusions are consistent with the guidance we have previously described as expected GAAP and are summarized as follows:
This accounting and reporting issue pertains to interim reporting periods only. Annual results are not affected by this accounting application as the Management and GAAP approaches are the same on a full year reporting basis.
The Company believes Management Reporting is appropriate as an alternative presentation because the Company views each interim period as being an integral part of the annual period pursuant to its annual contract with CMS. As such, the Company evaluates the Medicare Part D interim financial results in relation to expected full year benefit utilization results under the annual Medicare Part D contract. Accordingly, under Management Reporting, a portion of pharmacy benefit costs expected to be incurred in the first and second quarters of 2006 will be deferred based on actuarial estimates that consider expected benefit utilization results for the full annual contract period. This approach matches benefit costs with associated premium revenues during interim periods of the annual Medicare Part D contract.
As previously stated, the Company expects strong revenue growth, outstanding cash generation and a very positive earnings performance in 2006. The outcome of the SEC discussions regarding Part D interim period reporting has no impact on our outlook for first quarter results. The Company expects to announce first quarter results on April 18, 2006. Results relating to the Companys Medicare Part D contract will be included on both a GAAP basis and a Management Reporting basis.