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New Federal Regulations Increase Limit Rule to 275 Patients

Wednesday, August 24, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Judy Pfeiffer
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New Federal Regulations Increase Limit Rule to 275 Patients


Physicians who have prescribed buprenorphine to 100 patients for at least one year can now increase their patient limits to 275 under new federal regulations. Read CSAT's Dear Colleague Letter (PDF | 234 KB) on the new rule.

The Understanding the Final Rule for a Patient Limit of 275 (PDF | 163 KB) guidance document will help you determine whether you are eligible to request the new, higher limit on the patients that you may treat based on your credentials or features of your practice setting. You may also review the final rule in the Federal Register for further information.

If you wish to be considered for the higher limit please complete the online Waiver Notification Form SMA-167. SAMHSA reviews applications within 45 days of receipt. For more information, send an email to  or call 866-BUP-CSAT (866-287-2728).

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