NOV 15, 2018 1:30 PM PST

Washington's New Opioid Prescribing Rules

C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
Speaker
  • Deputy Director, Office of Health Professions, Washington Department of Health
    Biography
      Blake has served as Executive Director with the Washington State Department of Health since November 2004. During his tenure, he has had responsibility for nine different health professions boards and commissions, as well as many Secretary-regulated professions. In addition to these responsibilities, over the past year, Blake has served as co-lead in the enactment of opioid prescribing rules for five boards and commissions, as required by 2017 HB 1427.

      Between 2006 and 2014, Blake served on the Board of Directors of Administrators in Medicine (AIM), an organization of medical and osteopathic board executives from across the US, including serving as President of the organization from 2009 to 2012. A Certified Medical Board Executive since April 2009, Blake was honored in 2014 with AIM's Doug Cerf Executive Director's Award. Blake also served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) from 2012-2014.

      Since 2012, he has been a leader in the development of an interstate compact for physician licensure and was a member of the team that drafted the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. He currently serves as Commissioner for the Washington Osteopathic Board, and he holds the office of Treasurer of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission.

      Blake received his BA at the University of Puget Sound and his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington-Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

    Abstract

    In 2017, the Washington State Legislature passed HB 1427, which mandated that boards and commissions for five prescribing professions (dental, medical, nursing, osteopathic, and podiatric) enact comprehensive opioid prescribing rules.  The bill also expanded access to Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) data to multiple audiences using newly created reporting methods. 

    Using best practice guidelines, including the Agency Medical Directors’ Group and CDC guidelines, the professions have recently adopted rules for acute, subacute, and perioperative prescribing and they amended their existing chronic pain rules. The rules also provide direction to practitioners in a variety of other areas of opioid prescribing, including patient notification for opioid risks, storage and disposal; use of alternative therapies for pain; continuing education requirements; co-prescribing of naloxone with high-dose opioid prescriptions; and registration and use of the Prescription Monitoring Program, or PMP.

    Find out how what these new regulations say and don’t say and what they mean for opioid prescribing in the future. The session will also talk about education and outreach resources available to prescribers, patients and the public on the opioid rules.


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