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Providers Object to CMS Proposal to Curb Drug Abuse

Jan 18, 2016

According to a new article in Modern Healthcare, providers are urging the CMS to drop a proposal aimed at combating prescription drug abuse. They say mandating a review of state-run drug prescription databases could lead to inaccurate information and would be an administrative burden for them. They also say frequent prescription changes might reveal a lack of coordination among providers, not drug abuse. As part of a proposed rule on changes to discharge plans, the CMS suggested mandating that providers consult a patient's history on their respective state's prescription-drug monitoring program (PDMP). The goal is to identify a patient's risk of nonmedical use of controlled substances by tracking substance-use disorders. PDMPs are state-run electronic databases used to track controlled prescription drugs that are prescribed and dispensed to patients. The rule received 299 comments by the Jan. 4 deadline. The idea was heavily panned. For more in formation …