Bona Fide Prescriber-Patient Relationship Bill Moves to Full House

Posted on March 15, 2018

On March 14, the state House Health Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Handy Twp.), reported out House Bill (HB) 5678 to expand the definition of a bona fide prescriber-patient relationship for the purposes of prescribing Schedules II to V controlled substances. The current law requires that the prescriber conduct a full assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition prior to prescribing such substances.

Featured in Monday Report. Click for the full edition.HB 5678 would change the law to allow either an assessment or a full assessment of a patient before prescribing a controlled substance. It would also change the definition of the bona fide relationship to allow a prescriber to delegate this medical evaluation of the patient to a licensed or unlicensed individual who is otherwise qualified by education, training, or experience. This bill addresses concerns raised by members who provide hospice care for patients. For more information, contact Paige Fults at the MHA.

Tags: schedule II-V drugs, prescription drugs, opioids, HB 5678

Posted in: Issues in Healthcare

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