CMS Releases Final Rule on Prescription Drug Benefit and ONC Health Information Technology Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) addressed the remaining proposed policies from the November 15, 2025 Contract Year 2025 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Program, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program proposed rule. In this recent final rule, CMS revised the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) and regulations to implement changes related to required standards for electronic prescribing and adoption of health information technology (IT) standards for Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) use. CMS will require Part D sponsors, prescribers, and dispensers of covered Part D drugs for eligible individuals to comply with standards CMS has either adopted directly or is requiring by cross-referencing ONC standards for electronically transmitting prescriptions and prescription-related information. These regulations are effective June 17, 2024.