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February 27, 2019

Succeeding Under New Prescribing Rules: WSMA Resource Roundup

New rules governing opioid prescribing are now in effect for most prescribing professions in Washington state (including physicians and physician assistants). Make sure you're taking advantage of the following resources designed to help you succeed under the new requirements.

Preparing for New Opioid Prescribing Rules
Completion of WSMA's one-hour webinar will fulfill the new state requirement for continuing medical education on opioid prescribing. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Preparing Care Teams for New Opioid Rx Rule
The WSMA has put together this customizable PowerPoint template to help practice leaders educate their practice care teams, regardless of size, on the new rules.

WSMA Pain Management Rule Requirements Checklist (Epic compatible)
This checklist can be used to build prompts into your electronic health record (e.g. Epic dot phrase) in order to adjust practice workflow. Or use this PDF checklist for manual use.

Patient handouts (look under Public/Patient)
The Department of Health offers patient handouts for all categories of pain patients (chronic, surgical, acute, and subacute) to satisfy a new state requirement for prescribers to inform patients of the risks, safe storage, and safe disposal of prescription opioids.

FAQ on prescription monitoring program requirements
The Department of Health is offering a downloadable FAQ to provide guidance to all providers who access the PMP through an electronic health record system or integrated method when prescribing opioids.

Opioid prescribing 2019: How Washington State Bill 1427 Will Affect Your Practice
Available both in-person and live streaming via webcast, this one-day CME course on Monday, April 15, sponsored by the UW School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and the Washington State Health Care Authority, combines lectures, Q&A presentations, case studies, and panel discussions to educate prescribers on the new opioid prescribing rules. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

New DOH data reports
Be on the lookout for prescribing reports from the Department of Health intended to allow self-assessment of your opioid prescribing practices compared to peers in your specialty. These reports are strictly educational and will not be used for disciplinary purposes, as recently stated by Alden Roberts MD, chair of the Washington Medical Commission "We do not receive these reports, we do not wish to receive them, and the data alone doesn't provide enough information for a regulatory body to appropriately assess the care provided."

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