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Controlled Substances Must Now Be Prescribed Electronically for Medicare Part D Prescriptions
Posted on: 2/5/2021
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As of Jan. 1, 2021, Medicare began requiring that prescriptions for a Schedule II, III, IV or V controlled substance under Medicare Part D be prescribed electronicallyin accordance with an electronic prescription drug program. This new requirement is being implemented due to the SUPPORT Act, which was enacted in 2018 to address the nation’s opioid overdose epidemic. 

The provisions in the SUPPORT Act allow for certain exceptions to the requirement. It is expected that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will provide specific guidance on how physicians can qualify for an exception in future rulemaking.

While the requirement for electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) took effect Jan. 1, 2021, the compliance date for this requirement is set for Jan. 1, 2022.

If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team  by email

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