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Congressional Conferees Finalize Opioid Package with Hospice Provisions

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2018 12:27 PM

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the opioid package H.R. 6 – The SUPPORT for Patient Communities Act and sent it to the Senate for consideration. 

“Under Section 3222 of H.R. 6, an employee of a qualified hospice program will be permitted to handle for the purpose of onsite disposal-controlled substances dispensed for use by a hospice patient after the patient has died or in cases where the medication has expired.  Additionally, if the employee is the physician of the hospice patient and registered under section 303(f) of the Controlled Substances Act, he/she may dispose of such controlled medications in cases where the   plan of care has changed such that patient no longer needs the medication.”

Source: NAHC Report

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