Client Alerts Health Care News / 12.21.2018

Fighting the Opioid Crisis: Ohio’s New Rules for Prescribing Pain Medication

By Kate Hickner 

Ohio is often considered the center of the U.S. opioid crisis. In response, the state of Ohio has taken (and continues to take) significant steps in its fight against prescription opioid abuse.

Beginning December 23, 2018, Ohio physicians and other prescribers will need to comply with additional requirements regarding the prescription of opioids for the treatment of pain lasting more than six weeks. The new rules are designed to strengthen physician-patient communications and to establish checkpoints for further assessment of patients. These rules do not apply with respect to terminal patients or patients in an inpatient setting.

For more information regarding the new requirements, please see helpful guidance promulgated by the State Medical Board of Ohio. Additionally, the KJK Healthcare Group is available to answer any related questions that you may have.

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