Medicaid Requires One Out of Three Features for Handwritten Prescriptions

October 13, 2008

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Effective October 1st, 2008, requirements for prescriptions to meet Medicaid tamper-proof requirements moved to a second phase. The National Association of State Medicaid Directors (NASMD) has provided additional information. Handwritten prescriptions must now have at least one of three tamper-resistant features:

  1. One or more industry-recognized features designed to prevent unauthorized copying of a completed or blank prescription;
  2. One or more industry-recognized features designed to prevent erasure or modification of what is written by the prescriber
  3. One or more industry-recognized features designed to prevent the use of counterfeit prescriptions

For more information about tamper-proof prescription policies in each state's Medicaid program, examples of tamper-proof features and vendors of approved pads, visit the NASMD website.