I used to visit my dr every 3 months for a 3 mo prescription for my anxiety med, clonazepam. I have had 2 fills since my dr visit in April. Called them Friday and was told the AMA now requires a monthly dr visit for a one month fill, and that they started this in May. I can't imagine insurance companies wanting to pay for a monthly visit, plus my out of pocket. Is this now a requirement?
It might be an AMA recommendation but it is not a regulation because,as KM states, they dont make regulations. I dont think the DEA requires monthly visits either. Your insurance company wont balk at a monthly visit for this though-it is common enough when dealing with controlled drugs to keep close monitoring on the patient on controlled drugs. It is really Dr preference. Some feel ok with every 3 months and others want to see patients every month. With all the stink lately over controlled drugs and controlling drugs spilling over to "street" use, the AMA probably does recommend that Drs see patients more frequently to look for signs of diversion or addiction or misuse. It is just another way suggested for Drs to cover their butts (and make a little more money in the process). It is unlikely you will be able to fight your Dr on this one. You might try to appeal to her that it is a financial hardship for you to pay your copay each month. It is obvious that she previously trusted you with every 3 month visits and you were doing fine on that regimen. It seems a little ridiculous to start making you come in monthly at this point but if she is making it an office policy then you will likely have to put up with it or find a new doc.
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