The following was provided by KAFP contract lobbyist firm — MML&K

Pill Mill Clean-up legislation – HB 217

  • The legislation moves the required prescribing protocols for Schedule II drug and drugs containing hydrocodone from statutory requirements to regulatory requirements, allowing prescribers to only have to refer to a single document to see what they must do to be in compliance with the law.
  • Allows required medical exams and histories to be tailored to a patient’s specific medical complaints and allows a mental health examination to qualify for mental health problems.
  • Bill does not require testing of any sort. KBML regulations have been simplified to require testing ONLY FOR LONG TERM PAIN PRESCRIBING.
  • Synchronizes the exemptions recognized under HB 1 with exemptions developed in the regulations.
  • Creates an exemption for hospitals and long term care facilities, so long as the facility runs an initial KASPER report upon admission
  • Expands the post-surgery exemption to 14 days.
  • Exempts federally administered research projects.
  • Allows the Board of Medical Licensure to recognize additional training and certifications for persons seeking to be the medical director of a pain management facility.
  • Allows a hospital or long term care facility to have its own KASPER account.
  • Allows medical examiners to perform KASPER searches.
  • Allows KASPER reports to be used in disciplinary hearings before the licensing board of a person authorized to prescribe controlled substances.
  • Allows the mandatory drug theft reporting requirements to be fulfilled by using a DEA form 106.
  • Contained an emergency clause, bill become effective on signature of the Governor, March 4, 2013.
  • Passed and signed by the Governor with an emergency clause, which means the bill is law today.