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Part D Prescriber Data CY 2014

The Part D Prescriber Public Use File (PUF) provides information on prescription drugs prescribed by individual physicians and other health care providers and paid for under the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. The Part D Prescriber PUF is based on information from CMS’s Chronic Conditions Data Warehouse, which contains Prescription Drug Event records submitted by Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans and by stand-alone Prescription Drug Plans (PDP).  The dataset identifies providers by their National Provider Identifier (NPI) and the specific prescriptions that were dispensed at their direction, listed by brand name (if applicable) and generic name.  For each prescriber and drug, the dataset includes the total number of prescriptions that were dispensed, which include original prescriptions and any refills, and the total drug cost.  The total drug cost includes the ingredient cost of the medication, dispensing fees, sales tax, and any applicable administration fees and is based on the amount paid by the Part D plan, Medicare beneficiary, government subsidies, and any other third-party payers.

Medicare prescription drug benefit (Part D)

is optional (though recommended to avoid incurring future penalties) and only allowed during approved enrollment periods. Whether you should sign up for a Medicare Part D plan depends on your circumstances. Some people already enrolled in certain low-income assistance programs may be automatically enrolled in a Medicare drug plan and receive additional financial assistance paying for their medicines.

Compare Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans

Keep in mind that just as costs can vary by plan, Medicare plans that include prescription drug coverage may also vary when it comes to the specific prescription drugs they cover. An easy way to make sure that your current medications are covered is to check the plan’s formulary (list of covered medications) before enrolling in a Medicare plan that includes prescription drug coverage. Keep in mind that formularies are subject to change. Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan will notify you if necessary.

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