Changes to the Medicare Part D drug benefit program go into effect on Jan. 1, 2011, including a mandate that most Part D claims transactions be done electronically.

Under a final rule published on April 15, Part D sponsors must contractually mandate "that their network pharmacies submit claims electronically to the Part D sponsor or its intermediary on behalf of the beneficiary whenever feasible unless the enrollee expressly requests that a particular claim not be submitted to the Part D sponsor or its intermediary."

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