1. Bill Draft Aims to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

    The Ways & Means Committee released the Discussion Draft Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act 2014 last week. Section 17 of the discussion draft would create a Lock-In Program for Medicare beneficiaries to help combat prescription drug abuse and fraud, waste, and abuse of controlled substances. A detailed summary of the discussion draft is available. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit questions or comments to nyu@mail.house.gov by September 1, 2014.

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  2. PDMP Bill Passes House

    A bill regarding prescription drug abuse that NCPDP has been monitoring, passed the House by voice vote on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 as amended. HR 4709 was stripped down considerably in committee. The bill that passed the House focuses on law enforcement in dealing with prescription drug abuse by requiring the Justice Department to provide notice when it denies, revokes or suspends a registration to make, supply or distribute a controlled substance.

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  3. CMS to Publish 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is publishing a major proposed rule to address changes to the physician fee schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies.

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  4. 2014 National Drug Control Policy Released

    The White House released its national blueprint for drug policy, the 2014 National Drug Control Strategy this week. This document builds on drug policy reform achieved during the past four years, beginning with the Administration’s inaugural Strategy, released in 2010. This Strategy calls for drug policy reform rooted in scientific research on addiction, evidence-based prevention programs, increased access to treatment, a historic emphasis on recovery, and criminal justice reform.

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  5. IRS and CMS Publish 90-Day Waiting Period Final Rule

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have published a final rule to clarify the maximum allowed length of any reasonable and bona fide employment-based orientation period, consistent with the 90-day waiting period limitation set forth in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The rules govern the relationship between a plan's eligibility criteria and the 90-day waiting period limitation. These final regulations apply to group health plans and health insurance issuers for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2015.

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