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Docs will need to enroll in Medicare if they want to prescribe Part D drugs
Modern Healthcare

Doctors and other medical professionals will be required to enroll in the Medicare program to prescribe drugs that are paid for by the federal healthcare program, under a rule finalized Monday by the CMS. The new requirement takes effect June 1, 2015, five months later than the federal agency had initially proposed.

“We have been concerned about instances where unqualified individuals are prescribing Part D drugs,” the CMS wrote in explaining the rationale for the change.  “In fact, in a June 2013 report, the OIG found that the Part D program inappropriately paid for drugs ordered by individuals who clearly did not appear to have the authority to prescribe.”

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