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…

CMS Open Door Forum on Open Payments Expansion under the SUPPORT Act

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a Special Open Door Forum on the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act and its impact on the Open Payments program. The Special Open Door Forum will be conference call only and held on Thursday, August…

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…