NAHC Supports Waiver of Electronic Prescribing Requirements for Part D-covered Controlled Substances Prescribed for Hospice Patients

The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act), enacted in 2018 to help combat the nation’s opioid epidemic, includes a requirement that prescriptions for controlled substances covered under Medicare Part D drug plans be electronically transmitted by a health care practitioner in accordance with an electronic…

GAO Report Examines Hospice Disposal of Controlled Substances

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on disposal of controlled substances found substantial challenges for hospices, but also some key best practices that point the way toward new industry standards. According to the GAO report, challenges include the costs of certain disposal methods, a lack of a witness to the disposal process, and inconsistencies…