Medicare Coverage of Opioids: Drug Management Lock-ins and Safety Edits

Opioid medications help treat pain but also carry the risk of addiction, overdose and death. As a result, Medicare has begun to implement policies to help Part D prescription drug plans address opioid misuse.

This fact sheet created for NCOA by the Medicare Rights Center describes two policies aimed at curbing abuse of opioids: drug management program lock-ins and safety edits.