​Date ​Number ​Subject ​Targeted Provider
​June 22 ​176 Maryland Preferred Drug List 7. 1 .17. ​Pharmacists,Pharmacies and Consumers
​June 16 ​175 Changes in the Opiate Class. ​Pharmacists , Pharmacies and Consumers
​May 12 ​174 Brand Metadate CD Removal from DAW 6 Program ​Pharmacists and Pharmacies
​April 5 ​173 FSS and Nominal Price Update ​Pharmacists and Pharmacies
​March 30 ​172 Change in Pharmacy Reimbursement Methodology ​Pharmacists and Pharmarcies
​March 29 ​171 (correction) Removal of Brand Seroquel XR DAW6 ​Pharmacists and Pharmacies
​March 13 171 Removal of Brand Seroquel XR DAW6 ​Pharmacists and Pharmacies
 

2016

​Date Number​ ​                Subject ​Targeted Provider
​December 21 170​​  Maryland's Preferred Drug List 1 1 17 ​Pharmacists, Pharmacies and Consumers
​November 18 1​69​  Seroquel XR DAW6 ​Pharmacists and Pharmacies
​October 26 168​​  Generic vs Brand Changes ​Pharmacists and Pharmacies
​October 19 167​​ Copay for Tobacco Cessation Products ​Pharmacists, Pharmacies and Consumers
​June 14 166​   PDL as of 7/ 1/ 16 ​Pharmacists, Pharmacies and Consumers
​June 1 165​ Zubsolv Preferred 6.1.16 ​Pharmacists and Pharmacies
​May 3 164​​ Gleevac® (Brand) tablets Is to Be Dispensed Over Its Generic ​Pharmacists and Pharmacies
​April 26 163​ Nasonex® Nasal Spray 50 mcg Is Preferred (DAW6) Over Its Generic . ​Pharmacists and Pharmacies
March 3​ 162  Advisory 162 Brands Pharmacists and Pharmacies


2015  

​Date Number​ ​                Subject ​Targeted Provider
​December 17 ​161  PDL as of 1/1/2016 ​Pharmacists,  Pharmacies and Consumers
December 1​ 160  Brand Abilify Pharmacists and Pharmacies
November 20​ 159 Invega Tablets on DAW 6 Program Pharmacists and Pharmacies
September 30​ ​158 Clozapine update_ REMS Pharmacists and Pharmacies
July 9​ 157​  Copaxone 20mg DAW6. ​Pharmacists and Pharmacies
June 22​ 156 PDL as of 7/1/2015  Pharmacists and Pharmacies and Consumers
May 12​​ ​155​  Generic vs Brand Pharmacists and Pharmacies
March 13​ ​154 Quantity Limits Pharmacists, Pharmacies​, Physicians and Consumers
 

 2014

​Date Number​ Subject​ Targeted Provider​
December 19​ 153​  PDL as of 1/1/2015.pdf Pharmacists and Pharmacies and Consumers​
December 11 152​ Intuniv DAW 6 .pdf Pharmacists, Pharmacies, Physicians and Consumers​
December 11​ 151​  Carve Out of Substance Use Disorder Medications and Suboxone.pdf Prescribers​
December 5​ 150​  Carve-Out of Substance Use Disorder Medications.pdf Pharmacists and Pharmacies
October 10​ 149​  How to prescribe Naloxone.pdf Prescribers
September12​ 148​  CARVE-OUT OF NALOXONE .pdf Pharmacists and Pharmacies​
July 30​ ​147  Tramadol as a Controlled Substance.pdf Pharmacists and Physicians and Pharmacies​
July 9​ ​146 Changes in DAW 6 program.pdf Pharmacists and Physicians and Pharmacies​
June 17​ ​145  PDL as of 07/01/14.pdf Pharmacists and Physicians and Consumers​
June 10 ​144  Quantity Limits.pdf Pharmacists , Pharmacies​,Physicians and Consumers
April 23​ 143​  Autorefill and return to stock.pdf Pharmacists and Pharmacies​
April 11​ 142​  QL Update.pdf Pharmacists and Physicians and Consumers​
2013

Date​ Number​ Subjects​ Targeted Provider
December 26​ ​141 MD_PDL.pdf Pharmacists and Physicians and Consumers​
December 19​ 140​ Cymbalta.pdf Pharmacists and Pharmacies​
December 5​ 139​ OTC Plan B no age limit .pdf Pharmacists and Pharmacies​
October 25​ 138​ Update on MADAP Program .pdf Pharmacists and Pharmacies​
October 24​ 137​ Extended Outage .pdf Pharmacists and Pharmacies​
October 15​ 136​ PAC program .pdf Pharmacists and Pharmacies​
October 9​ ​135 Brand name Lidoderm.pdf Pharmacists and Pharmacies​
July 24​ ​134 Peer Review Program Expansion 0 to 17.pdf Pharmacists and Pharmacies and Physicians​
July 12​ 133​ Some Brands Preferred over generics July 2013 Pharmacists and Pharmacies and Physicians​
July 1​ 132​ MD_PDL 7.1.13. Pharmacists and Physicians and Consumers​
May 29​ 131​ Some Brands Preferred over generics June 2013 Pharmacists and Pharmacies​
April 1 130 72 hours emergency supply Pharmacists and Pharmacies
January 8​ 129​ Openings on P&T Committee Pharmacists and Physicians and Consumers​​

2012

Date

Number

Subjects

Targeted Provider

December 28​ ​128 Preferred Drug List Update Pharmacies​
December 20​ 127​ Drug Coverage Changes for Full Duals Pharmacies​
December 17​ 126​ Update on New Operating System for MMPP Pharmacies​
December 11​ ​125 holiday payment schedule Pharmacies​
November 27​ ​124 Metadate CD Becomes a Preferred Brand in Medicaid Pharmacies​
November 7​ ​123 Some Brands Preferred over generics Nov. 2012 ​Pharmaices
November 7​ ​122 No PA Required for Tier 2 Abilify for ages 10-17 ​Prescribers
October 11​ ​121 Ovide Will No Longer Be Brand Preferred.pdf Pharmacies​
October 4​ ​120 New Operating System for MMPP ​Pharmacies
September 19​ ​119 Geodon Will No Longer Be Brand preferred Pharmacies​
September 18​ 118​ Lexapro Will No Longer Be Brand Preferred ​Pharmacies
September 14​ ​117 ​Prior Authorization for Tier 2 and Non-preferred Antipsychotic Drugs ​Pharmacies and Prescribers
​August 7, 2012 ​116 New Web Address for Pharmacy Program ​Pharmacies and Prescribers
​July 20, 2012 ​115 Peer Review Programs Expanded to Include Children up to Age 10 ​Pharmacies and Prescribers
​July 3, 2012 ​114 Changes in Preferred Brands vs Generics: Kadian and Roxicodone ​Pharmacies
​June 27, 2012 ​113 Preferred Drug List July 1, 2012 ​Prescribers and Pharmacies
June 8, 2012 112 Updates to List of Brand Drugs Preferred vs Generics on the Maryland Medicaid Preferred Pharmacies and Prescribers
May 30, 2012 111 Lipitor No Longer Brand Preferred on Maryland Medicaid Preferred Drug List Prescribers and Pharmacies
April 25, 2012 110 Medicaid Prefers Brands Lexapro and Geodon Pharmacies and Prescribers
February 3, 2012 109 Medicaid Temporarily Authorizes Brand Prevacid Solutabs Prescribers and Pharmacies
January 4, 2012 108 Late Refills for HIV Drugs - Again Pharmacies

2011

Date

Number

Subjects

Targeted Provider

December 29, 2011

107

Preferred Drug List Update

Pharmacies and Prescribers

December 29, 2011

106

Cost of Dispensing Analysis

Pharmacies

December 21, 2011 105

Holiday Payment Schedule

Pharmacies
December 20, 2011 104

Transition to D.0

Pharmacies
December 20, 2011 103

Transition to D.0 for LTC Pharmacies

Pharmacies
December 13, 2011 102

Changes in Preferred Multisource Brands on PDL, Use DAW 6

Prescribers and Pharmacies
December 5, 2011 101

Clarify Regulation Changes

Pharmacies
November 30, 2011 100

Pharmacy Services Regulation Changes

Pharmacies
November 4, 2011 99

Late Refills for HIV/AIDS Medications

Pharmacies and Prescribers
October 7, 2011 98

Peer Review Program for Antipsychotics

Pharmacies and Prescribers
June 30, 2011 97

Preferred Drug List Update

Pharmacies and Prescribers
June 29, 2011 96

Dispensing Fee Changes

All Pharmacies
June 28, 2011 95

Preferred Brands on the PDL, Use DAW 6

Pharmacies and Prescribers
June 27, 2011 94 Pharmacies
June 23, 2011 93

Quantity Limits and Dose Optimization

Physicians and Pharmacies
May 13, 2011 92

OIG Audits

Pharmacies
May 13, 2011 91

List of Preferred Multisource Brands Has Changed

Prescribers and Pharmacies
April 29, 2011 90

Notice of Survey for Dispensing Fee

Pharmacies
March 23, 2011 89

Kapvay for Ages 6-17 Moved to Mental Health Carve-Out

Pharmacies and Prescribers
February 25, 2011 88

Important Changes Related to Prior Authorization Requests for Fee-for-Service Members

Pharmacies and Prescribers

2010

Date

Number Subjects Targeted Provider
September 30, 2010 87

Generic vs Brand on the Preferred Drug List

Prescribers and Pharmacies
September 30, 2010 86

Updated Preferred Drug List Effective October 1, 2010

Prescribers and Pharmacies
July 19, 2010 85

Reminder: Tamper Resistant Prescriptions Required for Medicaid Rx

Prescribers and Pharmacies
June 28, 2010 84

Intuniv Moved to Mental Health Formulary for MCO Members Aged 6-17 Effective July 1, 2010

Prescribers and Pharmacies
April 16, 2010 83 Limited Coverage of OTC Drugs for Dual Eligibles Prescribers and Pharmacies
April 1, 2010 82 Few Exceptions to Generic Substitution Prescribers and Pharmacies
March 31, 2010 81 Preferred Drug List Effective April 1, 2010 Prescribers and Pharmacies
March 1, 2010 80 Over the Counter Plan B Coverage Pharmacies
February 9, 2010 79 Rubber Stamped Prescribed Are Invalid Prescribers and Pharmacies
January 26 78 Effective handling of Claim Rejections Pharmacies

2009

Date

Number

Subjects

Targeted Provider

December 18 77 Holiday Closings Pharmacies and Prescribers
October 9 76 Update on mass Adjustments of legend Insulins Pharmacies
October 1 75 Over-the-Counter Plan B Coverage Up-Date Pharmacies
October 2 74 Some Multisource Brand Name Drugs Preferred Over Generics Pharmacies and Prescribers
October 1 73 Preferred Drug List Effective October 1, 2009 Pharmacies and Prescribers
October 1 72 Changes for the Status of Antipsychotic Medication on Preferred Drug List Prescribers
September 30 71 30-Day Emergency Supply of Atypical Antipsychotics Pharmacies
September 24 70 Mass Adjustment for Legend Insulins Pharmacies
June 29 69 Changes in Mental Health Carve Out Pharmacies and Prescribers
May 19 68 New Denial Codes for Non-rebatable Drugs, DESI and Obsolete Drugs Pharmacies
April 22 67 Not all Generics are Preferred Pharmacies and Prescribers
April 9 66 Preferred Drug List Effective April 1, 2009 Pharmacies and Providers
April 7 65 Maryland Medicaid May Cover up to a 30-day Emergency Supply of Atypical Antipsychotics Pharmacies
March 24 64 Time Limit Extended for Filing Claims Pharmacies
February 18 63 Prescriber NPI Required on Pharmacy Claims, Effective March 1, 2009 Prescribers
February 18 62 Claim Must Have Prescriber NPI Pharmacies

2008

Date

Number

Subjects

Targeted Provider

December 22 61 Pharmacy Hotline Holiday Schedule Pharmacies
December 9 60 Depo-medroxyprogesterone Pharmacies
December 1 59 Payments Delayed One Week Pharmacies
September 24 58 30-day Emergency Supply May be Available for Atypical Antipsychotic Prescriptions Pharmacies
September 22 57 Required Tamper-resistant Pad Features Effective October 1, 2008 Pharmacies
September 22 56 Required Tamper-resistant Prescription Pad Features Effective October 1, 2008 Prescribers
September 18 55 Automatic Correction of Underpayments for CellCept, Lunesta, Xopenex, Fuseon kit and Travatan Z Claims Pharmacies
September 12 54 Scheduled Down Time for Medicaid Claims Processing System Pharmacies
August 20 53 Physician Administered Medications Prescribers
July 16 52 Intervention Codes Pharmacies
July 15 51 Pain Management Agreements Prescribers
June 25 50 Information about Formularies, PDL and PAs at Epocrates.com and DHMH website Prescribers and Pharmacies
May 2 49 Prescriber NPI Pharmacies
April 11 48 POS System Maintenance Pharmacies
April 3 47 Preferred Drug List, effective April 1, 2008 Prescribers and Pharmacies
March 26 46 NPI Information for Prescribers Prescribers and Pharmacies
March 7 45 Tamper Resistant Prescription Pad Features to be Phased in Beginning April 1, 2008 Prescribers and all Pharmacies
February 26 44 Reminder: At Least One Recognized Tamper Resistant Feature Required as of April 1, 2008 on all Written Medical Prescriptions Prescribers and all Pharmacies
February 12 43 Temporary Technical Difficulty Processing Medstar Family Choice Claims All Pharmacies
February 6 42 March 1- NPI Required on Claims Providers

2007

Date Number Subjects Targeted Provider
December 27 41 Atypical Antipsychotics, Zyprexa Step Therapy, AIDS/HIV Drugs Carved Out from MCOs, Refills of Controlled Drugs Providers and Prescribers

 

October 1 40 Tamper-Resistant Prescription Pads Are Delayed Until April 1, 2008 Prescribers and all Pharmacies
August 29 39 Changes to Preferred Drug List Prescribers and all Pharmacies
May 9 38 Correction of Underpayments, Over-the-Counter Plan B Coverage, Clinical Criteria for Cymbalta, Coordination of Benefits Prescribers and all Pharmacies
Apr. 12 37 Possible Underpayments, Unacceptable Prescriber DEA Numbers, Early Refills for Recently Discharged Long Term Care Prescribers and all Pharmacies
Mar. 28 36 Explanations of Some Claim Rejection Messages, New EVS Inquiry Phone Number, NPI Reminder, and Changes to Preferred Drug List (PDL) effective April 2007 All Pharmacies
Feb. 9 35 Late Payments All Pharmacies
Feb. 5 34 New Medicaid POS Claims Processor All Pharmacies
Jan. 24

33

POS System To Be Shutdown: New Fax Numbers for PAs All Pharmacies
Jan. 17

32

Reminder - POS Provider Training All Pharmacies

2006

Date

Number

Subjects

Targeted Provider

Dec. 21

31

New POS Processor; Zocor®; Prescription Transfers; Part D Questions All Pharmacies
Oct. 5

30

Pharmacy Dispensing Fee Survey All Pharmacies
Sept. 27

29

Changes to the Preferred Drug List; New EVS System; Narrow Therapeutic Index Drugs Prescribers and all Pharmacies
July 28

28

Brand Name PDL Anomalies Useful Medicare Part D Phone Numbers Prescribers and all Pharmacies
June 29

27

New Primary Adult Care Prescribers and all Pharmacies
May 11

26

New Primary Adult Care Program (PAC) Medicare Part D Exception and Prior Authorization Request Form Prescribers and all Pharmacies
March 23

25

Revised Preferred Drug List Transition from Pharmacy Assistance to Medicare Part D Prescribers and All Pharmacies
March 2

24

Dummy DEA Numbers Medicare Pare D Issues All Pharmacies
Feb. 22

23

Changes to the Preferred Drug List (PDL) Effective April 2006 Prescribers and all Pharmacies
Jan 10.

22

Useful Medicare Phone Numbers & Medicaid Coverage of Drug Classes Excluded from Medicare Part D Basic Plans All Pharmacies

2005

Date

Number

Subjects

Targeted Provider

Dec. 16

21A

Temporary Suspension of Early Refill Edits for Medicare Recipients Prescribers
Dec. 14

21

Temporary Suspension of Early Refill Edits for Medicare Recipients All Pharmacies
Nov. 23

20

Medicare Part D Prescribers and all Pharmacies
Sept. 16

19

Changes to the Preferred Drug List (PDL) Step Therapy for Stimulants and Related Agents

Revised Quantity Limits for Emend

Prescribers and all Pharmacies
Sept. 12

18

Hurricane Katrina Evacuees and Maryland Medicaid Program Prescribers and all Pharmacies
June 23 (Revised June 28)

17

Revised Preferred Drug List

Special Grandfathering for Norvasc, Coreg and Zetia

Safety Concerns for Certain Generics

Antimigraine (Triptan) Quantity Limits

Prescribers and all Pharmacies
April 28

16

Claims Processing Upgrade Notes All Pharmacies
April 13

15

Planned Claims Processing System Maintenance All Pharmacies
March 1

14

Further Clarification: Atypical Antipsychotic Dose Optimization Appropriate Use of Palladone Grandfathering Non-Preferred Mental Health Drugs Prescribers and all Pharmacies

 

2004

Date

Number

Subjects

Targeted Provider

Dec. 7

13

Dose Optimizing: Quantity limits for Atypical Antipsychotic Agents Prescribers and all Pharmacies
Nov. 5

12

New cost Containment Initiatives Prescribers and all Pharmacies
Oct. 27

12

PDL: The secont year Prescribers and all Pharmacies
Oct.6

10

MedWatch Requirement for Brand Medically Necessary Prescriptions Prescribers and all Pharmacies
July. 1

9

PDL Update: Unnecessary Prior Authorization Requests: Instructions for the Pharmacist Prescribers and all Pharmacies
June 10

8

Changes to Pharmacy Dispensing and Recipient Co-Payments All Pharmacies
May 5

7

PDL Update: Non-preferred Generics; Grandfathering; Exceptions to the 3-Day Emergency Rule; Step Therapy for Phosphate Binders; and Coverage of OTC's Prescribers and all Pharmacies
Jan 30

6

Changes in Estimated Acquisition Cost and PDL Compliance Issue Community Pharmacies
Jan 8

5B

Preferred Drug List Update and Provision for Emergency Supply Community Pharmacies
Jan 8

5

Preferred Drug List (PDL): Latest Cumulative Update on Therapeutic Classes Long-term Care Pharmacies

2003

Date

Number

Subjects

Targeted Provider

Dec. 12

4

Revised Preferred Drug List (PDL): Cumulative Update for Prescribers Prescribers
Nov. 3

3

Preferred Drug List (PDL Implementation) PDL Instructions for the Prescriber Prescribers
Oct. 31

2

Preferred Drug List (PDL Implementation) PDL Instructions for the Pharmacist Community Pharmacies
Oct. 9

1

Change in Pharmacy Assistance Co-pay Community Pharmacies

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