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Is your practice breaking the law?

Thursday, July 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
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By Bryan Campbell, DCMS Chief Executive Officer


On July 1, HB 21, the new Opioid Prescribing Law went into effect. And based on the number of calls and feedback we are receiving at the office, a number of practices may not be in full compliance with the law. Here’s a quick eight question checklist.

  • Are you checking E-FORCSE for every Schedule drug prescription?
  • Are you limiting opioid prescriptions to a 3-day supply?
  • If you are writing opioid prescriptions up 7 days, are you writing “Acute Pain Exception” on the script?
  • Are you documenting the specific reason for the Acute Pain Exception in the script and chart?
  • Does every member of your staff who accesses E-FORCSE have their own individual login?
  • When prescribing Schedule II drugs for traumatic injury with Injury Severity Scores greater than or equal to 9, are you prescribing an opioid antagonist?
  • Are you seeing patients in your office and checking E-FORCSE for every prescription for Schedule drugs (including chronic pain)?
  • If you have experienced down time with E-FORCSE, are you documenting the event and limiting that script to a 3-day supply, regardless of the Schedule of the drug?


If you are able to say 100% YES to all of these questions, then congratulations, you are in compliance with the new law. If not, you might inadvertently be breaking the law. You’ll want to familiarize yourself and your practice quickly.

Click here for the DCMS Quick Start guide for your practice.

Click here for the comprehensive guide prepared by the Florida Medical Association.

Click here to access the E-FORCSE website to register a provider or extender.

To take the state-mandated 2-hour CME course on opioid prescribing online, select one of the following sources:

As always, if you have questions, feel free to call our Legislative Advocacy hotline at 904-353-7536.