The House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously passed legislation requiring healthcare professionals to submit prior authorization requests electronically for drugs covered under Medicare Part D.
The Preventing Addiction for Susceptible Seniors (PASS) Act of 2018 (H.R. 5773), sponsored by Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), is an amalgamation of multiple previously introduced opioid-related bills, including provisions of the Standardizing Electronic Prior Authorization for Safe Prescribing Act (H.R. 4841), which was originally introduced by Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.).
The new Medicare cards (right) will not use Social Security numbers for identification. Instead, they will have random sequences of letters and numbers.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued Medicare Advantage and Part D updates that include an average payment increase of 1.84% and policy changes that include new supplemental benefits for services that improve health and quality of life.
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