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Opioid Bill Passes Senate Vote

Monday, February 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Senate Bill S3, which “Requires health insurance coverage for treatment of substance use disorders; places certain restrictions on the prescription of opioid and certain other drugs; concerns continuing education related thereto,” was approved by the Senate 33-0.  This bill, sponsored by Senator Joe Vitale, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Senator Thomas Kean and others, requires health insurance companies, as well as the State Health Benefits Plan and the School Employers Health Benefit Plan, to adhere to certain coverage requirements for treatment of substance use disorders.

The bill requires that the practitioner takes and documents a thorough medical history which includes the patient's experience with non-opioid medication and non-pharmacological pain management approaches, as well as substance abuse history.  The definition of practitioner includes MDs, DOs, NPs, DPMs, and PAs.

The bill also lays out the responsibilities of the physician and steps that he/she needs to take to administer opioids.  An initial Rx can be prescribed for no more than five days for acute pain.  A second Rx can be issued “no less than four days after issuing the initial prescription”.  A pain management agreement becomes effective if a 3rd Rx is issued for chronic pain.  The physician must document that “other modes of treatment” (which can include physical therapy) have not been successful prior to the issuance of a 3rd prescription and entrance between the practitioner and the patient into the pain management agreement will take place.  If this is the case, then the physician would need to recommend PT as one of the alternatives to opioid treatment.

A vote in the Assembly is scheduled for Thursday, February 9.

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