The Eighth District Dental Society is a professional association whose members consist of dentists from the eight counties of Western New York—Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Wyoming, Genesee, and Orleans. There are approximately 1,000 members in the Society. Each Eighth District member is also a member of the American Dental Association and New York State Dental Association.
CMS 'Interim Final Rule' Pushes Opt-in/Opt-out Deadline to Jan. 1
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an "interim final rule" last week that, among other things, would extend to Jan. 1, 2016, the effective date by which dentists must have either enrolled or officially opted out of Medicare in order for prescriptions they write to be covered by Medicare Part D. This proposed rule would also require Part D plans to cover a "provisional supply" of up to 90 days of a medication prescribed by a doctor who has not enrolled or opted out. A Part D plan must notify the beneficiary in writing within three business days that the medication is being covered on a provisional basis because of the prescriber's current Medicare status. Part D plans must also make reasonable efforts to notify the prescriber. After covering the provisional supply and providing the notice to the beneficiary, the Part D plan would be required to reject future claims for the same medication for that beneficiary if the prescription is from the same prescriber. Note that for a dentist to meet the Jan. 1, 2016 effective date, he or she must submit their application at least 90 days before this date to allow sufficient time for processing.
Dental Office at Good Neighbors
Many thanks to those that supported our first Dental Office at Good Neighbors fundraiser. Ticket sales were strong, sponsors were many, the band was great, and the weather cooperated. The event was a tremendous success.
Eighth District Bulletin
The latest issue of the 8th District Bulletin is available for download under the Bulletins tab at the top of this page.
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