Opioid Prescription

Opioid prescribing rules requiring prescribers to report the specific condition for a prescription cleared a legislative oversight body Monday after the Kasich administration and provider groups reached a compromise delaying the new regulation. The rules are now scheduled to go into effect Dec. 29.

The rules, by the State Medical Board, Dental Board and Board of Nursing, cleared the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) after the Pharmacy Board agreed to push back its implementation date to Dec. 29. For non-opioid controlled substances, the requirement will be postponed until June 1, 2018.

The rules require prescribers to include the ICD-10 diagnosis code when documenting the prescription of a controlled substance in the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System. They’re part of a batch of rules aimed at curbing the prescription of opioids announced earlier this year as a way to stem the tide of the opiate crisis.

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