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Opioid bill moving in Florida Legislature

Tuesday, January 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
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An Update from DCMS Chief Executive Officer Bryan Campbell


This week, the House and Senate will continue to discuss changing the way opioids are prescribed in Florida. HB 21 and SB 8 are identical bills which would impose major changes in prescribing law in Florida. The bills would limit the prescription to an opioid-naïve acute pain patient to three days. They would also require that the physician must log into the Prescription Drug Monitoring Database (PDMP or E-FORCSE) for every prescription. Additionally, physicians would be required to take two hours of CME specifically on opioid prescribing in order to prescribe. Finally, the bill would provide $53 million for opioid treatment programs.

Meeting with Representative Travis Cummings

Last week, Dr. Formoso and I were in Tallahassee to speak with legislators about the bill. We contend that the three-day limit is clinically inappropriate and that there should be consideration of a seven-day cap with exceptions in cases such as certain surgeries. We also advocated that if the PDMP login is going to be a requirement, then the state should pay for clinical integration which would allow you to check the database within your existing EMR without a separate login.

 Bryan Campbell speaks to a House committee

Finally, we encouraged lawmakers to ensure that we have access to patient data from other states. Florida currently is isolated from other state’s databases, and in our tourist-friendly state, and in border communities like Duval and Nassau Counties, physicians need the best possible data.

This bill will likely morph several times before it reaches its final form, and we will be monitoring it closely all the way.