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Capitol Health Call
October 12, 2005

Limit Lifted

JAMA. 2005;294(14):1752. doi:10.1001/jama.294.14.1752-c

Legislation increasing the number of patients with opioid addiction that group medical practices are allowed to treat was signed into law September 2 by President Bush.

Previously, the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 expanded access to treatment for opioid addiction beyond such traditional venues as large public clinics by allowing office-based dispensing and prescribing of Schedule III drugs, such as buprenorphine. But the legislation placed a limit of 30 patients per physician or 30 patients per group practice, in part to allay fears of people residing near such practices that drug-addiction clinics were springing up in the neighborhood. The new law maintains the 30 patient per physician limit while eliminating the 30 per group practice ceiling.

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