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DPW Holds Enforcement of Prior Authorization Bulletin
May 31, 2005

Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Office of Medical Assistance Programs staff has confirmed that DPW will not enforce Medical Assistance Bulletins #99-05-06, Prior Authorization of Drugs that Exceed Established Quantity Limits and #99-05-09 which changed the effective date of the bulletin from April 5 to May 16, until further notice. Systems issues that had impeded the process are being corrected. DPW anticipates that the problems will be corrected within the month and notice will be provided when enforcement resumes. PCPA members had reported delays in receiving authorization and inability to request prior authorization due to "full mailboxes" on the request lines. Please contact Betty Simmonds at PCPA with questions.

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