1. Bill Works to Strengthen PDMPs

    The Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act of 2014 (S 2839), recently introduced in the U.S. Senate, includes provisions to strengthen state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs). The legislation would develop, implement, or expand PDMPs to meet certain requirements including mandating registration and consultation by prescribers, removing barriers to inter-state sharing of information, and ensuring real-time updates of information. The bill also includes language to create an inter-agency task force to develop prescribing best practices and enhance prescription drug take back programs.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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