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CMS introduces new Part D opioid safety policies

Washington — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have introduced new Medicare Part D opioid safety policies to help reduce prescription opioid misuse.

In a March 28 blog post, CMS said, the new policies are not “one size fits all,” and are “deliberately tailored to address distinct populations of Medicare Part D prescription opioid users.” The policies do not apply to residents of long-term care facilities, beneficiaries receiving end-of-life care or beneficiaries being treated for cancer-related pain, the agency noted.