On January 14, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) submitted notice to the Federal Register that it would issue practice guidelines that exempt physicians from the requirement to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) in up to 30 patients at one time.1 This exemption has been placed on hold by the Biden administration and may require legislative change to implement. An exemption to the X-waiver has the potential to help reverse the morbidity and mortality associated with the opioid overdose epidemic, although without accompanying changes and attention it will not be enough.
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Weimer MB, Wakeman SE, Saitz R. Removing One Barrier to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment: Is It Enough? JAMA. 2021;325(12):1147–1148. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.0958
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