Close up of the cupula at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, OH

Please Join Us on Dec. 11

We hope you will consider joining other Ohio APRNS at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 to support OAAPN representatives who will be testifying about the 30-MED rule in front of the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). As you know, the Ohio Board of Nursing issued rules governing opiate prescriptions for acute pain in the outpatient setting which went into effect this past August.

Since then, there has been an attempt to create an exception to the current rule that allows APRNs to prescribe above an average of 30 MED during a 7-day period, in certain situations, by referencing a rule from the Board of Medicine. Unfortunately, this change also adjusts language needed in our Standard Care Arrangement. Though OAAPN is in full support of Ohio’s efforts in combatting the opiate epidemic, historically, in Ohio, APRNs have been very conservative prescribers of opiates. Unfortunately, this new rule is another glaring example as to the reason Ohio needs to remove the required standard care arrangement. This rule demonstrates why legal collaboration is archaic and a detriment to patient’s access to care in Ohio.

The testimony will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 in room 121 at the Statehouse in Columbus. Please let us know if you have any questions about this event.