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Dentists must choose to opt in or out of Medicare enrollment

August 12, 2014

Medicare and medical insurance in dentistry for the last few years until now was an optional decision.
Did you know that The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a final rule in May that requires all physicians and eligible professionals—including dentists—who prescribe Part D covered drugs to be enrolled in Medicare or opt out for those prescriptions to be covered under Part D?
What this means is that any dentist who treats Medicare beneficiaries (which is any patient 65 years and older) must either enroll in the program or opt out in order for these patients to be reimbursed for their prescriptions that you write for them with Part D drug plans.
Dentists must take action by June 1, 2015 and must either opt in or opt out of Medicare. With this deadline, it now becomes a very real decision process that has to be made now.

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