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Medicare Part D prescriptions: Enroll or opt out by Aug. 1 to continue prescribing

Starting Feb. 1, 2017, Medicare Part D drugs won’t be covered if the prescriber has neither enrolled in nor opted out of Medicare.

If you prescribe Medicare Part D drugs, be sure to either enroll in Medicare or complete an opt-out affadavit by Aug. 1, 2016. As of Feb. 1, 2017, Medicare will no longer cover Part D drugs prescribed by physicians who’ve neither enrolled in nor opted out of the program. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is advising prescribers to enroll or opt out well in advance to avoid potential denials of prescriptions starting Feb. 1 if there is a backlog of applications.

To get started, visit the CMS Part D Prescriber Enrollment area, where you can check your enrollment status, enroll in or opt out of Medicare, and contact Medicare Administrative Contractors for help.

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