The DATA-Waiver (or X-Waiver) was originally created under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 to allow certain outpatient providers to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). To receive a waiver, clinicians had to complete formal waiver training.
On December 29, 2022, Congress eliminated the DATA-Waiver program with the signing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 (Section 1263), with the following changes effective immediately:
DATA-Waiver registration is no longer required to prescribe buprenorphine to treat patients for OUD.
All buprenorphine prescriptions now only require a standard DEA number from a clinician authorized to prescribe Schedule III medication. DATA-Waiver numbers are no longer needed on the prescription.
There are no limits or caps on the number of patients a prescriber may treat with buprenorphine for OUD.
The changes defer to applicable state laws or regulations.
As a follow-up to these changes, new training requirements for all prescribers registering or renewing a DEA certificate will go into effect on June 21, 2023.
Although the waiver program is no longer in effect, incentives are still available to help defray previous training costs:
UVM CORA still offers $750 to each qualifying provider who obtained a DATA-Waiver.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) still offers $3,000 to each provider who obtained a DATA-Waiver after January 1, 2019.
Q. How do I request the $750 UVM CORA incentive for prior waiver training?
A. Please contact email@example.com.
Q. Who can apply for an incentive from UVM CORA for prior waiver training?
A. Clinicians practicing in a HRSA-designated rural county in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, or Northern New York who received a DATA-Waiver after January 1, 2019. Requests will be considered case by case, and will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.
Q. What type of information is needed to receive the incentive from UVM CORA for prior waiver training?
A. We will need verification of your DATA-waiver from SAMHSA, and you will be asked to complete a W9.
Q. How long will it take to receive the UVM CORA incentive?
A. A check for the incentive amount will be mailed to you approximately 45-60 days after successful submission of your request.
Q. How do I request the $3,000 incentive from HRSA for prior waiver training?
A. Please contact DATA2000WaiverPayments@hrsa.gov
Request UVM CORA Incentive: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Request HRSA Incentive: Contact DATA2000WaiverPayments@hrsa.gov
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