Your Questions Answered: New Opioid Prescribing Law
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Posted by: DCMS
A Message from DCMS Chief Executive Officer Bryan Campbell:
I've received dozens of emails over the past few weeks from DCMS members with questions about the new opioid prescribing law that goes into effect on July 1st. I've compiled your most common questions and answered them below.
As always, don't hesitate to reach out to me with follow-up questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (904) 353-7536. The DCMS is here for you!
DCMS Chief Executive Officer
Your Questions Answered:
Does the “Acute Pain Exception” include post-op care? This is the most frequent question we received. The answer is yes. You need to be sure that you include in the chart for the patient that the pain from the surgery is likely to necessitate Schedule II opioids for greater than three days, but you still may not write for more than 7 days of a Schedule II opiate.
What about prescriptions given inpatient? Inpatient administration of drugs are legally different than "prescriptions" and are not limited by the new law.
What are the guidelines for the “Injury Severity Score”? – For more information on Injury Severity Scoring, go to http://www.trauma.org/archive/scores/iss.html.
What more does my staff need to do? Are they only involved in the PDMP accessing if I write a script in my office but the meds are filled elsewhere? Staff members can be used as extenders to access the PDMP with their own logins. You should create an appropriate protocol to ensure that each patient is checked and that the check is recorded appropriately. You should also stay tuned to the DCMS for updates, as implementing regulations are currently being written. Over the next few months, as the bill moves closer to being implemented as law, there will be several administrative rules that can change the current implementation in minor or major ways.
Can I get my Mandatory CME from the DCMS? – The DCMS is currently working to partner with the approved CME providers in order to allow DCMS members to fulfill this requirement quickly and inexpensively.
My employer has an institutional DEA license. Does that exempt me from the mandatory CME requirement? No. If you prescribe under a DEA license in Florida, whether it is held by you or an institution, you are required to take the CME course before January 31, 2019, and before each subsequent renewal.