On March 30, 2017, Ohio Governor John Kasich and the executive directors of Ohio’s health care licensing agencies announced new opiate prescribing standards for acute pain. These regulatory limitations and standards follow voluntary guidelines and policies that have been established over the last several years. Not satisfied with the pace that such guidelines and policies have been adopted by Ohio prescribers, Governor Kasich and Ohio regulatory agencies are now going to mandate adherence to new national standards created by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last spring.i
While not yet fully drafted by Ohio’s health care licensing agencies, the new opiate prescribing limitations will incorporate the following:
It is expected that the new rules will be drafted and passed by the State Medical Board, Board of Pharmacy, Board of Nursing and Dental Board relatively quickly. In the interim, licensed prescribers should be aware of the CDC’s guidelines and promptly implement them into their practices.
Article provided by OAMES associate member Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.