Drug overutilization review program for Medicare

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed an overutilization monitoring system to ensure that plans are implementing effective and appropriate controls against opioid and APAP (acetaminophen, brand name Tylenol®) overutilization and for review of beneficiaries referred by the CMS Center for Program Integrity (CPI) for possible overutilization issues. 

The goal of overutilization monitoring is to prevent:

  • Overuse of APAP: more than the FDA daily maximum APAP dose of 4 grams.
  • Overuse of opioids: 
    • More than a 90 mg morphine equivalent average daily dose over the last six months.
    • Medication purchased at three or more different pharmacies.
    • Medications prescribed by three or more different doctors.
  • Limited to a seven-day supply of opioids if they haven't used opioids in the last 108 days.


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