Modern Healthcare recently reported, The CMS is again putting the brakes on an initiative meant to more closely regulate prescribing in the Medicare Part D program.
In March 2014, the agency finalized a rule that mandated doctors and other medical professionals enroll in Medicare to prescribe drugs that are paid for by the federal healthcare program.
The enforcement date, most recently set for Feb. 1, 2017, has moved at least four times. In an announcement Monday, the CMS said it is once again delaying the rule’s enforcement until Jan. 1, 2019.
“While CMS is committed to the implementation of the prescriber enrollment requirements, CMS also recognizes the need to minimize the impact on the beneficiary population and ensure beneficiaries have access to the care they need,” the agency said in the notice.
If a provider isn’t enrolled in Medicare by the time the enforcement deadline kicks in, Part D plans will be required to notify patients under that clinician’s care that Part D drugs won’t be covered if they continue to see that provider.
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Modern Healthcare – CMS Once Again Delays Mandatory Medicare Enrollment to Prescribe Part D Drugs