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CMS Backs Off Medicare Prescription Drug Changes

March 18, 2014

Bowing to pressure from congressional lawmakers and health care groups, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week announced that it would temporarily abandon controversial plans to change the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

The announcement came just two days after the ADA told the agency that one of the rules would have put patients at risk by requiring dentists to either enroll or officially opt out of Medicare simply for the purpose of prescribing medication to Medicare beneficiaries.

This enrollment rule was just one of many that CMS had planned to adopt before agency director Marilyn Tavenner told Congress on Monday that her agency would not implement them. While the ADA is satisfied with CMS’s decision, it is warning its members that some of the proposed regulations, including the dentist enrollment requirement, are far from dead.

The Association will continue to lobby on this issue and will alert members as it learns more.