MagMutual and the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) are encouraging all Georgia physicians to review the following summary of H.B. 249, an omnibus bill by Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) that Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law on May 4. The bill is designed to address opioid abuse in the state. Note that the bill’s provisions will go into effect at different times.
H.B. 249 moves the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) from the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency to the Department of Public Health (DPH).
PDMP Review Delegation
Under H.B. 249, a prescriber may delegate their authority to check the PDMP to two members of their medical staff. For a prescriber to delegate this authority to unlicensed or unregistered staff (i.e., an office manager or medical assistant), the staff member must submit to an annual registration process that will be administered by the Georgia Board of Pharmacy. A health care facility (e.g., hospital or ambulatory surgery center) may select two employees to serve as delegates per shift or rotation. And at hospitals that provide emergency services, each prescriber may designate two individuals who are employed by that hospital per shift or rotation.
Any unauthorized use of PDMP data by a delegate can result in civil or criminal liability for the prescriber. Delegates may only use PDMP data for the purpose of providing medical care or to inform the prescriber of a patient’s potential use, misuse, abuse or underutilization of a prescribed medication.
Mandatory PDMP Enrollment
By January 1, 2018, every prescriber who has a DEA registration number must enroll as a PDMP user. If a prescriber obtains a DEA license after January 1, 2018, they must enroll with the PDMP within 30 days.
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