News | April 22, 2008

New Deficit Reduction Act Compliance Tool Launched

April 23, 2008 - Sentry Data Systems Inc. launched the DRA Tool, a reporting and claims editing module that supports the additional reporting requirements of Section 6002 of the Federal Deficit Reduction Act (DRA).

The DRA Tool is feature of the company’s Sentinel RCM pharmacy revenue cycle management product.

The Federal Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), Section 6002, requires Medicaid participating ambulatory care providers to report the National Drug Code (NDC) when billing for physician-administered medications on Medicaid claims. NDC numbers uniquely identify a pharmaceutical’s vendor, product and trade package size and are maintained by the FDA. The previously unreported NDC is now required on claims submitted to Medicaid in addition to the currently required CPT/HCPCs codes and units.

Sentry's DRA Tool automatically matches the correct 11 digit NDCs with appropriate outpatient procedure codes to allow for uninterrupted claims payment by a state’s Medicaid program. Tracking the 11 Digit NDC provides a new mechanism for individual states to maximize their Medicaid rebates from manufacturers and is financially critical for states and responsible entities, said Sentry.

“Sentinel RCM’s DRA Tool provides hospitals with immediate billing compliance by either electronically editing claims as they are submitted and by providing reports that comply with each state's individual requirements,” said Travis Leonardi RPh., C.P. president and founder of Sentry Data Systems.
Existing Sentinel RCM customers need only contact Sentry for activation.
For more information: www.sentryds.com

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