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Opioid bill will impact most providers

Tuesday, February 27, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bryan Campbell
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An Update from DCMS Chief Executive Officer Bryan Campbell:

The Florida Legislature this week is coming closer to passing sweeping reform in an effort to fight the opioid epidemic here in the state, and the ramifications of the bill will have an impact on almost every practicing physician in the state of Florida.

The bill will have three major impacts on your practice.

  1. Prescriptions for opioids for acute pain will be limited to three or seven days. There are exemptions for chronic pain, cancer treatment and palliative care, but NOT for surgery.
  2. Every prescription for a Schedule 1-4 drug will require the physician to look up the patient in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, E-FORCSE.
  3. Every physician with a DEA license in Florida will be required to take a two hour CME course on safe opioid prescribing for every license renewal.

In addition, you have likely received the notice that the E-FORCSE system will be upgraded this April. This bill funds that upgrade and improves the system so that the PDMP lookup includes data from more than 40 other states. However, it will still be a separate login. There is the ability to have it integrated directly into your existing EHR, but you will need to work directly with the vendor, Appriss Health, in order to coordinate that. We are currently pushing for that clinical integration to be covered in the state budget, but if we are unsuccessful, that will likely be a cost of approximately $50/physician.

Finally, I want to let you know that the DCMS Task Force on Opioids has been closely monitoring this bill and is working to ensure that you and your practice have the most up-to-date information and access to the necessary education as soon as possible, and definitely in advance of the July 1 effective date of this bill.

To learn more about the bill, you may read it here.

To learn more about the opioid crisis and the local role in making a difference, please join us at the Future of Healthcare Conference on May 21-22 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.