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New HCA Policy on Opioids

Thursday, September 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Rochon
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The Washington State Health Care Authority Releases New Policy on Opioids.


On October 1, 2017, a new Health Care Authority (HCA) clinical policy pertaining to opioid prescriptions takes effect for Apple Health (Medicaid), both through managed care organizations and fee-for-service. Read Letter

Please note, this letter updates the information HCA sent to pharmacies on August 25, 2017. If you received the earlier communication, note the changes below under “MED dose limits.”


You can read the full policy on the HCA website. (The policy and other information are on the HCA website at


There will also be two one-hour webinar about the policy.


Join a webinar on the opioid policy
The Health Care Authority will host a one-hour webinar for prescribers and pharmacists on two different dates in September. Registration is now open.


Monday, Sept. 11, noon to 1 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 to 8 a.m.


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