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New Medicare Drug E-Approval Aims to Expedite Pickup Process

Dec. 29, 2020, 10:23 PM

Certain prescription drugs for Medicare recipients will undergo a new electronic authorization process to comport with a recent law designed to curb opioid use disorder.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday released a final rule governing the prescription transactions standard for Medicare’s Part D e-prescribing programs.

This new electronic standard will allow doctors and clinicians to see that a drug is subject to prior authorization while they’re writing a prescription. It’s designed to ensure that patients won’t experience delays when picking up their medications. The CMS said it will begin enforcing the rule on Jan. 1, 2022. ...

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