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Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation (DCMWC)

Announcement for Physicians and Pharmacy Providers of Medical Care to Qualified Recipients of Federal Black Lung Miner's Benefits

Oxycontin Reimbursement Revision

Effective immediately, the Federal Black Lung Program will only reimburse charges for this medication if pain alleviation is for pneumoconiosis and its sequelae as defined at 30 U.S.C. 902(b) and its implementing regulations.

To obtain reimbursement for this medication, additional information in the form of an attachment, is required in order to verify the appropriateness of the service as related to the Federal Black Lung Program. The information must contain the diagnosis[es] and the physician's original signature.

Thank you for your continued service to our miner community. If you have any questions about this announcement, you may contact our toll-free information line 1-800-638-7072, Monday through Friday, 8:15 A.M. to 4:45 P.M. Eastern Time.