1. DEA Publishes Disposal of Controlled Substances Final Rule

    The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) published a final rule outlining procedures for secure disposal of controlled substances by registrants and ultimate users. These regulations implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 by expanding the options available to collect controlled substances from ultimate users for the purpose of disposal. Among the provisions:

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  2. ONC Schedule for Policy Recommendations Published

    The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has published a schedule in the Federal Register for the assessment of policy recommendations developed by the ONC's HIT Policy Committee. The standards and related topics which the HIT Standards Committee is expected to address over the coming year include, but may not be limited to: 

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  3. CMS Helps Small Practices Prepare for ICD-10

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the first of its "Road to 10" webinar series designed to help small medical practices prepare for the new ICD-10 Codes. The tool is an online resource intended to help small practices jumpstart their ICD-10 transition. “Road to 10” includes specialty references and gives providers the capability to build ICD-10 action plans tailored for their practice needs.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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