Medication Checkups Promoted in New Medicare Drug Benefit Regulations

Regulations published in the Aug. 3, 2004 Federal Register detailing Titles I and II of the Medicare Modernization Act specify provisions for “medication therapy management.” Such services can be targeted to patients who have multiple chronic conditions, are taking multiple medications, and who are likely to have high drug expenses, according to an issue paper issued by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). So-called 'brown bag' reviews advocated by NCPIE for over a decade through its National Medication Checkup Kit are encouraged for these targeted Medicare beneficiaries. For details, click on the headline link and select Issue Paper #13, Quality Improvements. Comments on the regulations are due at CMS by Oct. 4.