Pharmacies participating in the Medicare prescription drug program will be mandated to electronically submit their Part D prescriptions to their Part D sponsor under a final rule published on April 15.

The rule makes policy and technical changes to the Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug programs for calendar year 2011. The Part D prescriptions must be electronically sent to plan sponsors "unless the enrollee expressly requests that a particular claim not be submitted to the Part D sponsor or its intermediary," according to the rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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