Is CMS proposal violating their own anti discriminatory policies ?

CMS proposes to force patients off effective opioid doses without their physician’s approval


Nondiscrimination Notice

CMS doesn’t exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, or age in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by CMS directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which CMS arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

How to file a complaint:

If you believe you’ve been subjected to discrimination in a CMS program or activity, there are 3 ways to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights:

By phone: Call 1-800-368-1019. TTY users can call 1-800-537-7697.
In writing: Send information about your complaint to:

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, D.C. 2020

This non-discrimination policy applies to both CMS/HHS and all the vendors/providers to  Medicare/Medicaid pts. The article in the above link suggest that CMS is going to “dump” these discriminatory policies on to the insurance companies, PBM, and pharmacies to implement and fulfill..


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