Pharmacy Computers Linked to New Medicare Rx Benefit

AUGUST 01, 2005
Ken Rankin

In a move designed to make it easier for Medicare beneficiaries to get prescription drugs from their local pharmacies, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved new technology that will provide realtime eligibility verification at the prescription counter.

The new technology will allow pharmacists to use their existing computer systems to determine which Medicare drug plan to bill and whether the beneficiary has other drug coverage, all while the beneficiary is at the counter, CMS officials said.

This new system will help beneficiaries take advantage of their coverage even if they do not have their benefit card.

Mr. Rankin is a freelance medical writer.