UPDATED: MLB Releases 2nd Version of Emergency Rules on Pain Management Prescribing – Next Public Hearing September 25th
IAFP reported last month regarding Senate Enrolled Act 246, which requires the MLB to establish standards and protocols for the prescribing of controlled substances. The new law declares the development of these standards an “emergency”, meaning the regulations must be adopted by the MLB by November 1st, with enforcement of the regulations being effective December 15, 2013.
After much stakeholder input, the MLB has issued a new version of the proposed regulations (version #2 found here: http://www.in.gov/pla/2832.htm ). The revisions effectively delay the urine drug testing and monitoring requirements of the regulations to 2015. This delay will allow time for discussions with reference labs in Indiana concerning standardized ordering and reporting of urine drug screens, and provide some time for physicians to receive education on the requirement.
The regulations also broaden the definition of “terminal”. Terminal patients are exempted from the regulations.
The next, and probably final, opportunity for public comment before the MLB will take place on Wednesday, September 25th. If you have issues or concerns, please feel free to contact staff at IAFP, or contact President Stephen Huddleston of the MLB directly (email pla3@pla.IN.gov).