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COVID-19’s Effect on the Opioid Crisis

Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Opioids, Rx/Pharmacy on December 29, 2020
Posted by Leah King, PharmD, JD, Independent Pharmacy Consultant

For the past several months, you likely haven’t read or seen much about the opioid crisis. All of the information about the opioid crisis that once flooded your inboxes and social media feeds has seemingly been replaced with news related to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it can sometimes be said that no news is good […] Continue

DEA Temporarily Lifts Restrictions for Controlled Substances

Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Opioids, Rx/Pharmacy on April 29, 2020
Posted by Leah King, PharmD, JD, Independent Pharmacy Consultant

The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked a variety of responses from the federal government in addition to nearly every state government. On January 31, 2020, the Secretary of HHS declared a public health emergency due to COVID-19. In turn, this declaration prompted the DEA to identify steps it could take to ensure the public’s continued access […] Continue

The Opioid Crisis . . . Is It Still a Crisis?

Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Opioids, Rx/Pharmacy on February 4, 2020
Posted by Leah King, PharmD, JD, Independent Pharmacy Consultant

During the past year and a half, we’ve detailed the efforts of the federal government and many state governments to combat the opioid crisis. We devoted a blog series to the Department of Health and Human Services’ five-part strategy to curb the epidemic. We’ve discussed educational efforts for prescribers and revisions to prescribing guidelines which […] Continue

Acupuncture Is Coming Soon to an MSA Near You: CMS Issues Decision to Cover Acupuncture for Medicare Beneficiaries

CMS, Medicare, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, MSP News, Opioids on January 22, 2020
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD, CMSP

Yesterday, CMS issued a decision to cover acupuncture for Medicare patients with chronic low back pain (cLBP) to some extent.  You may recall that CMS previously issued a proposed decision to cover acupuncture, as we discussed here on our blog.  CMS’ final coverage decision memo can be found here, and indicates that acupuncture for chronic […] Continue

Department of Health and Human Services Issues New Opioid Guidelines

Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Opioids, Rx/Pharmacy on December 18, 2019
Posted by Leah King, PharmD, JD, Independent Pharmacy Consultant

This past July, CMS issued an educational piece that warned of the dangers associated with the concurrent use of opioids and benzodiazepines. You may have seen our blog on the CMS publication. If you missed that blog, you can read it here. In October, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidelines on […] Continue