Prescription Drug Purchasing Simplified Through New Technologies

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Prescription Drug Purchasing

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken another step to make it easier for Medicare beneficiaries to get prescription drugs from their local pharmacies. This action will allow pharmacists to use their existing computer systems to determine which Medicare drug plan to bill and whether the beneficiary has other drug coverage, all while the beneficiary is at the counter. Medicare beneficiaries will begin to receive their prescription drugs under the new benefit starting January 1, 2006.

"This new system will help beneficiaries take advantage of their coverage even if they don't have their benefit card; it will help make sure beneficiaries get charged the right amount; and it will combine drug payments from Medicare with payments from other sources without the need for paper, no matter which pharmacy a beneficiary chooses to use," said CMS Administrator Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. "We have