NACDS urges action to curb Rx drug abuse

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Countrywide Affiliation of Chain Drug Suppliers is urging the Facilities for Medicare & Medicaid Providers (CMS) to act with out further hold off and enforce Digital Prescribing of Managed Substances (EPCS) needs for Medicare Portion D included prescriptions no later on than January 1, 2023.

NACDS logoAmong the the policies that NACDS commented on to CMS in reaction to the proposed 2023 Physician Rate Schedule, NACDS urged that CMS begin swift enforcement of Area 2003 of the Assistance Act – notably given the essential purpose of digital prescribing in aiding to boost protection and safety in the prescribing approach and to suppress prescription drug misuse and abuse.

NACDS mentioned in the comment letter, “Timely enforcement of the federal EPCS mandate is necessary to supporting the nation’s ongoing battle towards drug abuse and diversion, specially now when these complications have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 general public health unexpected emergency.”

When Congress originally enacted the Guidance Act in 2018, lawmakers founded that the EPCS specifications developed underneath Section 2003 would use commencing on January 1, 2021. Four yrs soon after enactment of the law, in the proposed Calendar 12 months (CY) 2023 payment guidelines less than the Medical professional Payment Routine, CMS has proposed to delay the enforcement timeline for a third time.

NACDS also not long ago signed on to a letter led by the Digital Prescribing of Managed Substances Coalition requesting that CMS “adhere to its dedication in the CY 2022 Medicare Medical doctor Charge Routine Closing Rule to begin compliance steps in CY 2023 by sending notices to non-exempted prescribers that have not applied EPCS for at minimum 70% of their prescriptions for controlled substances.”

NACDS is lauding U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) and U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Alright) for introducing on Monday the E-Prescribing Parity for Controlled Substances Act (EPCS 2./H.R. 8988). The NACDS-backed bill would assistance make sure that all controlled compound prescriptions are conveyed electronically, not just those people for Medicare Part D.

Importantly, passage of EPCS 2. would go prescribers away from paper prescriptions, thereby decreasing prospects for diversion, improving basic safety, and main to larger healthcare savings.

NACDS stays dedicated to the use of digital prescriptions for all medications, specially managed substances, and continues to advocate for insurance policies that would enrich Americans’ entry to mental wellness and material abuse procedure.