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On April 5, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule regarding implementation of Section 3310 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 3310 requires short cycle dispensing of Medicare Part D medications in long-term care (LTC) facilities. The final rulle contains significant changes from the proposed rule. The changes that are most important to LeadingAge members include:
Overall, LeadingAge is pleased with the changes effected by the final rule. We encourage CMS to use the delayed implementation period to continue to assess how best to achieve the goal of reducing waste while facilitating timely access of nursing home residents to needed medications.