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NACDS, NCPA Urge Doctors to Enroll Now in Medicare's PECOS System to Preserve Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment
Date:7/14/2010

y July 6th.  On July 6, NCPA proposed changes to CMS as the agency prepares to issue a final regulation outlining its approach to enforcing the PECOS requirements.  On July 2, NACDS also submitted comments to CMS seeking changes to streamline and improve the PECOS process.  

"We are writing to urge you to soon take action to enroll or update your record in the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System so that you have a CMS-approved record in the PECOS system," the groups wrote in the fax alert under the banner of the Coalition for Community Pharmacy Action. "This is an important step on behalf of your patients, as there is a chance that CMS may ultimately deny the claims for the Medicare Part B covered items and services that you prescribe (such as diabetes testing supplies and monitors, canes, crutches, and other medical equipment)."

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) represents 154 traditional drug stores, supermarkets, and mass merchants with pharmacies – from regional chains with four stores to national companies. NACDS members also include more than 900 pharmacy and front-end suppliers, and over 70 international members from 24 countries. Chains operate 37,000 pharmacies, and employ more than 2.5 million employees, including 118,000 full-time pharmac
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