Emergency Override - Arkansas

Emergency Overrides

In an emergency, for those drugs for which a five-day supply can be dispensed, an Arkansas Medicaid enrolled pharmacy may dispense up to a five-day supply of a drug that requires prior authorization. This provision applies only in an emergency situation when the MMA Prescription Drug Help Desk and the State Medicaid Pharmacy Program offices are closed, and the pharmacist is not able to contact the prescribing provider to change the prescription. The Emergency Supply Policy does not apply to drugs that are not covered by the State. Frequency of the emergency override is limited to once per year per drug class for non-LTC beneficiaries and once per 60 days per drug class for LTC beneficiaries. To file a claim using this emergency provision, the pharmacy provider will submit a “03” in the Level of Service (418 DI) field.

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