Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CMS Rescinds Medicare Parts C, D Enrollment Requirements

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For those of you who tried (some in vain) to enroll in the CMS program that would have allowed dentists to write prescriptions to their Medicare patients (even though dentistry is NOT covered by Medicare) there is good news.  It is no longer a requirement to be enrolled.
Over a year ago I spent 90 minutes on the CMS website in a vain attempt to get myself enrolled.  Despite my best efforts, after 90 minutes of frustration and trying to figure out and navigate the site, I received a letter 6 weeks later informing me that I hadn’t filled out everything correctly.  Now, I’m a tech guy and I pride myself on knowing my way around tech and the Internet.  I figured that if I was incapable of figuring the process out, there would be lots of others in the same boat.  It turns out I was right.
So… celebrate!  Dentists do not have to register.  I want to give a big thank you to organized dentistry.  The ADA and the AGD lobbied hard to help legislators understand how crazy the whole concept was and that educational effort has paid off.
Here are all the details from the Academy of General Dentistry:

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized a rule rescinding the requirement that dentists enroll in or validly opt-out of Medicare in order for prescriptions written for their Medicare beneficiary patients to be covered. The rule also revised Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage plans, and repealed a provision requiring dentists to be enrolled in Medicare in order to provide supplemental services to patients enrolled in Part C.

AGD actively pursued the removal of these enrollment requirements and lobbied CMS to finalize the rule in an effort to minimize interruptions to patients’ access to needed care and medications and relieve dentists of unnecessary regulatory burden.

Impact on General Dentistry: AGD successfully lobbied the Department of Health and Human Services and CMS to change enrollment requirements under Medicare Parts C and D and continues to advocate for the interests of its members.

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