U.S. Medicare program scales back hospice drugs restrictions

July 18, 2014 8:56 PM

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U.S. Medicare program scales back hospice drugs restrictions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Friday backed down on restrictions of private insurance coverage for hospice drugs under Medicare, saying the regulations were preventing some terminally ill patients from having access to medicine.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it would now require prior-approval for coverage of only four categories of drugs: analgesics, anti-nauseants, laxatives and anti-anxiety drugs. In a regulation announced in March, the government had required prior approval for all hospice dr...

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