Another Delay in Implementation of the Medicare Part D Prescriber Enrollment Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized a rule in March 2014 that required healthcare providers prescribing medication, where the prescription is paid for by a Medicare Part D plan, to enroll in Medicare as a prescriber. The enforcement date has been delayed several times and was slated to take effect on February 1, 2017, but has recently been delayed again until January 1, 2019.

 

Under the final rule, if a provider is not enrolled in Medicare as a prescriber, the patient’s prescribed drugs will not be covered by the Part D plan. Part D plans will be required to notify patients that the prescriber is not enrolled and the plan will not cover prescriptions from that provider. The most recent delay is aimed at ensuring that prescribers are aware of the rule and reduce the immediate burden placed on the estimated 250,000 prescribers not enrolled in Medicare and the 5.25 million beneficiaries that would be impacted.  

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FTC Delays Red Flag Rules AGAIN

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced yet another delay in enforcement of the Red Flag Rules regarding identity theft.   This delay is in effect through December 31, 2010.  The delay will allow congress to consider legislation that would affect the scope of entities covered by the Rule.

In November 2007, the FTC issued major regulations aimed at deterring, detecting and preventing identity theft. Under these rules, known as the Red Flag Rules, creditors of covered accounts are required to set up a program to detect, prevent and mitigate identity theft. Originally, the Red Flag Rules would have taken effect on November 1, 2008.  This the fourth time the enforcement date has been extended.

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