Doctors must now meet face-to-face with their patients who are receiving home health care if the patient's visits are to be r...Read more
New Rule Requires Tamper-Resistant Paper for Medicaid Prescriptions
- September 20th, 2007
State officials and doctor and pharmacist organizations are protesting a new rule that requires all non-electronic prescriptions for Medicaid patients to be written on tamper-resistant paper. Congress passed the rule, which goes into effect October 1, 2007, as part of an Iraq spending bill in May.
The tamper-resistant paper rule is designed to crack down on Medicaid fraud and raise $150 billion over five years for public hospitals. State Medicaid directors and doctors and pharmacist groups are asking for a one-year delay to the rule, claiming it cannot be implemented by October 1. The groups worry the new rule will cause delays in patients getting needed drugs.
The tamper-resistant paper must have a way to prevent unauthorized copying, a way to prevent erasure or modification of what the prescriber has written, and a way to prevent the use of counterfeit prescription forms. Under the rule, if a patient has a prescription on the wrong type of paper, pharmacists can fill it, but must get the prescriber's confirmation by phone, fax, e-mail, or tamper-proof paper within three days. If the pharmacy does not get a confirmation, it will not be reimbursed by Medicaid.
For an article in USA Today about the new rule, click here.
Local Elder Law Attorneys in Ashburn, VA
Ron M. Landsman, P.A.
Ron M. Landsman has been practicing elder law since 1983, before it was known as elder law, originally with Landsman and Laster, Washington, D.C., then Landsman, Eakes and Laster, also in Arlington, VA, and since 1990 in his own practice in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has been among the most active members of the...
Margaret A. O'Reilly, PC
Margaret A. O’Reilly is an estate planning and elder law attorney with over thirty-five years of legal experience. Attorney O’Reilly graduated from Duke University with a degree in psychology, and received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. For over 15 y...