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The CMS issues opioid prescription policies for patients receiving Medicare Part D benefits

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: April 2019 - Volume 119 - Issue 4 - p 15
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000554539.49654.fa
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The CMS issues opioid prescription policies for patients receiving Medicare Part D benefits. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policies, which took effect in January, include such safety alerts as a seven-day limit for patients who have not recently filled an opioid prescription and a threshold of 90 cumulative morphine milligram equivalents per day. In addition, access to opioids and benzodiazepines for high-risk patients may be limited. These restrictions—which don't apply to residents of long-term care facilities, patients in hospice care, or those experiencing cancer pain—may be overridden if a prescriber deems prolonged use or higher doses necessary. Access to medication-assisted treatment, such as buprenorphine, will not be affected (see www.cms.gov/Medicare/Prescription-Drug-Coverage/PrescriptionDrugCovContra/RXUtilization.html).

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