August 16, 2007
ASA Speaks Out Against New Requirement of Tamper Resistant Medicaid Prescription Pads
Effective October 1, Medicaid prescriptions must be written on
tamper-resistant prescription forms. This policy change was slipped
into military funding legislation that recently became law.
The ambiguity of the statutory language, coupled with the
rapidly-approaching effective date, could create problems for both
prescribers and Medicaid beneficiaries. While we do not anticipate
problems for ASA members who work in hospitals, we are concerned that
other ASA members, especially pain physicians who work in office
settings, may be adversely affected by the new requirement.
ASA has joined a broad coalition to urge Health and Human Services
Secretary Michael Leavitt to delay implementation of the federal
mandate. It appears that repealing the new requirement may require a
legislative fix. While there is widespread support to address the
problem, procedural requirements could make it a costly solution.
ASA will continue to monitor this situation and keep members informed of latest news.
Letter to Leavitt cosigned by ASA