12:57pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Health and Welfare

Board of Medical Licensure Looks to Amend House Bill 1

The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure wants to change some of the more controversial requirements for urine screenings and digital monitoring in the state’s new prescription drug regulations that stem from the passage of House Bill 1. Mike Wynn of The Courier-Journal reports that Dr. Preston Nunnelley, the licensing board’s president, told state lawmakers Wednesday that the board plans to submit amendments to the regulations by Nov. 1 to address the concerns of doctors that the new law is proving too burdensome, and because patients are being charged for urine tests that insurance companies are refusing to cover.

Nunnelley said the amendments would provide more flexibility on when patients must receive those screenings. Specifically, Wynn writes that Nunnelly said "chronic pain patients would not face regular screenings unless they are considered high risk for abuse or diversion. The amendments are also likely to exempt certain patients, such as children, from checks through the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting system, or KASPER, he said."

Nunnelley called these changes “tune-ups." “This is a new experience for the board of licensure,” he testified. “This is the first time we’ve done anything on this scale and obviously we didn’t do it perfect.” (Read more)