Medical Board moves to formally define "consultation"
This week the North Carolina Medical Board moved to adopt the rule that will govern the STOP Act's requirement for PAs working in pain management settings to personally consult with a supervising physician prior to prescribing Schedule II or III opioids. The proposed rule will now go to the Rules Review Commission, the state commission that ensures that all proposed rules comply with legislative intent. Once the Rules Review Commission recieves the proposed rule, it will be put forth for a public comment period.
21 NCAC 32S .0225 - DEFINITION OF CONSULTATION FOR PRESCRIBING CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
For purposes of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 90-18.1(b), the term “consult” shall mean a meaningful communication, either in person or electronically, between the physician assistant and a supervising physician that is documented in the patient medical record. For purposes of this Rule, “meaningful communication” shall mean an exchange of information that allows the supervising physician to make a determination that the prescription is medically indicated.
Additionally, the Medical Board updated their STOP Act FAQ on September 22 to include additional information. Click here to see the latest version.