Effective October 1, 2007
A new federal law requires that as of October 1, 2007, ALL written, non-electronic prescriptions for Medicaid outpatient drugs must be written on tamper-resistant pads in order to receive reimbursement from the federal government.
OPA has been working with ODJFS on this issue. OPA suggests periodically checking the ODJFS website at:ï¿½$$Link
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Recently, CMS provided initial guidance on the new federal law in a letter to State Medicaid agencies regarding the implementation of the tamper-resistant prescription pads.
To be considered tamper resistant on October 1, 2007, a prescription pad must contain at least one of the following three characteristics:
By October 1, 2008, states must require all of the three characteristics on prescription pads in order for them to be considered tamper-resistant.
CMS also outlined situations where the new requirement would not apply. The new federal requirement does not apply:
In addition, CMS states that emergency fills will be allowed as long as a prescriber provides a verbal, faxed, electronic, or compliant written prescription within 72 hours.
To view the entire letter from CMS, $$Link
This week, CMS released FAQ's regarding the new Tamper Resistant Requirement. $$Link
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from CMS.