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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