CMS Schedules Listening Session on Opioid Prescriber Accountability

In October 2018, President Trump signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act into law; in doing so, he enacted sweeping legislation designed to address the nationwide scourge of opioid abuse.  Among the numerous provision of interest to the hospice community included in the new law was authority for hospices, under specific circumstances, to allow…

States Grapple with the Opioid Epidemic and Pain Management

Florida bill would make it easier to prescribe for hospice patients The opioid epidemic claims about 115 lives per day in the United States, a rate that has grown by 4000 percent since 1999. Nearly half of these opioid-related fatalities involve a prescription drug, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In March…

CDC Clarifies Applicability of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Excepts End-of-Life and Palliative Care

The Centers for Disease Control has released a letter clarifying that its 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain was not intended to apply to cancer treatment, palliative care, or end of life care. Recent efforts by policymakers to stem the nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse  culminated in the enactment of the 2018 SUPPORT…

Attention Home Health Clinical Staff – Key Webinar on Preventing Opioid Misuse

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA) is presenting an important webinar entitled “Improving Opioid Misuse Prevention Literacy Between Older Adults and Health Care Providers” on Thursday, March 28, 2019, 2:00 to 3:30 PM ET Register for this event! Research suggests that substance misuse, especially opioid misuse, is a growing public health issue within…

SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act Opens Federal Door for Hospices to Dispose of Controlled Substances

In September 2014 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued final regulations implementing the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010   in which the agency clarified  (for the firs time) that hospices were prohibited from disposing or assisting in the disposal of controlled substances for hospice patients unless there was a state law granting authority…

SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act Opens Federal Door for Hospices to Dispose of Controlled Substances

In September 2014 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued final regulations implementing the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010   in which the agency clarified  (for the firs time) that hospices were prohibited from disposing or assisting in the disposal of controlled substances for hospice patients unless there was a state law granting authority…

NAHC Applauds Passage of Key Legislation to Curb Opioid Epidemic

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) commends the United States Senate for passing The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a bipartisan bill which contains a wide array of initiatives to address America’s overwhelming opioid crisis. The bill now heads to President Donald J. Trump for his signature. Among the many provisions…

Congressional Conferees Finalize Agreement on Opioid Package with Hospice Disposal Provisions

–Legislation likely to be enacted prior to midterm elections For the last 18 months, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has been deeply involved in discussions with offices in the Senate and House of Representatives on a provision included in the final opioids legislation package that authorizes hospice personnel to dispose of…

NAHC to Congress: Fight Opioid Crisis without Limiting Access to Patients in Need

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined with other groups in the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association in a letter to Congressional leaders, asking them to continue fighting the opioid crisis, but to do so in a way that does not limit access to painkillers for legitimate patients in need. In…

Elderly Support Opioid Prescription Limits, Better Counseling, and Disposal Options

A University of Michigan /AARP National Poll on Healthy Aging finds that an overwhelming majority of America’s elderly favor legal restrictions on opioid prescriptions, but many of them keep unused medication in their home and are not sufficiently educated on the risks of doing so. Almost 75 percent of older Americans support statutory limits on…