STOP Act passes the House
Tonight the House unanimously passed the latest version of the STOP Act. Three amendments were offered on the House floor tonight, with two of them successfully passing.
Rep. Greg Murphy, MD, offered an amendment to clarify that "targeted controlled substances," as detailed in the original update below, only applied to opioids, and not stimulants. The amendment removed G.S. 90-90 (3), which defines Schedule II stimulant controlled substances. The amendment unanimously passed.
Subsequently, Rep. Gale Adcock, NP, put forth an amendment to require all providers that are prescribing targeted controlled substances for 60 days or longer to execute a pain management agreement plan with the patient. The amendment passed unanimously. Click here to read what must be included in the pain management plan.
Rep. Adcock offered a second amendment, which would have stricken the provisions within the bill that requires PAs and NPs to personally consult with their supervising physicians whenever a targeted controlled substance is initially prescribed, and every 90 days thereafter. The amendment failed.
NCAPA continues to work with lawmakers in order to make this bill the best bill possible. We support their initiative to equip providers with the tools to help combat the state's opioid addiction epidemic. NCAPA does continue to be concerned, however, with the language that will require a PA to personally consult with their supervising physician, and how this language will play out in everyday practice across the state.
The legislature will go on spring break from April 12-19, so stay tuned for adidtional updates from NCAPA on this important legislation after the legislature comes back from the spring break.
- H243: Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP)Act.