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DATE: 4/1/2008
Tamper-Resistant Prescription Pads Not Required for Arizona Medicaid Patients

Scottsdale, Ariz. - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved a modification that will allow the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) to operate without implementing the tamper-resistant prescription pad requirement. This decision is effective immediately.

CMS sent a response to AHCCCS Director Anthony Rodgers‘ request for clarification on whether Arizona physicians must use the pads. CMS says Arizona‘s fee-for-service (FFS) expenditures account for less than 5% of the state‘s total Medicaid expenditures. Also the number of prescriptions per month affected by the tamper-resistant requirement would be less than 3,000. The letter says, “These aspects of Arizona‘s program place the State in a unique circumstance where only a very small subset of beneficiaries would be affected by the tamper-resistant prescription pad requirement.”

For more information, go to the AHCCCS Web site.