Colorado moves to curb opioid utilization

by | May 24, 2018

Recently, Colorado’s Governor signed into law Senate Bill 22, which enacts opioid prescribing restrictions as well as enhanced PDMP reviewing/reporting requirements. The bill also requires that the PDMP program develop and provide prescribers of opioids a “health care provider report card” related to their prescribing patterns. Effective May 21, 2018, the new legislation limits various providers including physicians and physician assistants in their prescribing of opioids to treat pain.

Providers shall not prescribe more than a seven-day supply of an opioid to a patient who has not had an opioid prescription in the last 12 months by the prescriber. The prescriber may exercise their discretion to include a second fill for a seven-day supply. The limit does not apply to various treatments such as cancer pain and other end-of-life care. The legislation also requires providers, prior to prescribing a second fill of an opioid, to comply with the requirements of the state PDMP program and permits providers to electronically prescribe opioids. Finally, as part of enhanced requirements for the state PMDP program, the program will be required to develop and provide prescribers of opioids a health care report card related to their prescribing patterns.

The executed version of the bill can be found here.

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