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New Medicare rule hopes to crack down on excess drug prescriptions

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Dietitians, athletic trainers and massage therapists will no longer be able to prescribe and order Medicare drugs.

The new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plan, which was finalized Monday, "will require anyone writing a prescriptions to be paid by the drug plan, known as Part D, be enrolled in the Medicare program," according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Last year, the Health and Human Services inspector general found 2,780 professionals lacking in prescribing authority wrote almost 7,700 prescriptions for frequently abused drugs, such as oxycodone.

This includes 713 dietitians, 398 athletic trainers, 240 massage therapists and 20 veterinarians, among other professionals, according to Businessweek.

The cost? $5 million.

Beginning June 1, 2015, Medicare drug plans will have to deny pharmacy claims if they lack the identification of a valid prescriber.

CMS expects the new reform to save $1.6 billion over the next decade.

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Kelly Cohen

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The Washington Examiner