Colorado Medical Board: News

 

 

 

Advisory Committee Members Wanted

The Division of Professions and Occupations is seeking qualified candidates to serve on the  Naturopathic Medical Advisory Committee ("Committee")    The Committee is appointed by the Director of Professions and Occupations, under the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) umbrella.  The Committee consists of nine members, including three naturopathic doctors, three doctors of medicine or osteopathy, one pharmacist and two public members.  
 
Recent legislative changes require that of the doctors of medicine or osteopathy who serve on the Committee, one must be a pediatrician and one must be a member of a statewide multi-specialty medical society. 
 
The Committee will meet at least annually and will advise the Director regarding administration and enforcement of laws and rules governing naturopathic doctor practice, discuss issues of importance to naturopathic doctors and their patients, and make recommendations for additions to the naturopathic formulary. 
 
Members are appointed to serve four year terms and may be appointed to serve a second term. Members are not compensated but are reimbursed for expenses incurred in performing their duties. 
 
If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please submit an application to: dora_naturopathic_doctor@state.co.us

 

 

New Rules Effective March 30, 2020

On May 23, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed SB19-228 Substance Use Disorders Prevention.   The new law, section 12-30-114, C.R.S., requires the Colorado Medical Board (Board) to adopt rules on substance use prevention training for prescribers. The Board’s new Rules went into effect on March 30, 2020, and require any physician or physician assistant seeking a license renewal, reactivation or reinstatement to complete at least two hours of training per licensing cycle related to:

  • Best practices for opioid prescribing, according to the most recent version of the Division’s Guidelines for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids;
  • Recognition of substance use disorders;
  • Referral of patients with substance use disorders for treatment; and,
  • Use of the Electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. 

The new requirements exempt any physician or physician assistant who meets the following criteria: 

  • Maintains a national board certification that requires equivalent substance use prevention training; or
  • Attests to the Board that the health care provider does not prescribe opioids.

Applicants for renewal, reactivation, or reinstatement must attest during the application process to either their compliance with these new training requirements or their qualifying for an exemption.

The Board encourages licensees to read the laws and rules affecting their practice. The new substance use prevention training requirements are found in Rule 135 in the new Rules. Please send any questions to dora_medicalboard@state.co.us.

 

 

Guidance to Physicians/Dentists/Advance Practice Nurses who make medical marijuana recommendations, in light of Executive Action taken pursuant to COVID-19:  

On March 20, 2020, Governor Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 011. Directive II.B temporarily suspends C.R.S. § 25-1.5-106(2)(a.5)(I), which requires an appropriate personal physical examination for the issuance of medical marijuana cards, through April 18, 2020. 

As a result of, and during the effective dates of, Executive Order D 2020 011, telehealth technologies are not prohibited for use to establish a bona-fide physician-patient relationship, to prevent exposure of COVID-19 among medical professionals and medical marijuana patients.

 

 

New Disclosure Required

On May 14, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 19-1174 Out of Network Healthcare Services. The bill includes provisions for how health insurance carriers will reimburse providers (doctors, hospitals and other health care providers) for out-of-network emergency and non-emergency care. The new law went into effect on January 1, 2020, and also requires healthcare providers to develop and provide consumer disclosures about the potential effects of receiving emergency or non-emergency services from an out-of-network provider, and the possibility of “surprise  billing.” As part of the implementation of House Bill 19-1174 Out-of-network Surprise Billing, the Division of Professions and Occupations is providing a sample disclosure form. Please feel free to use your own form if you prefer.

 

 

Listen to PDMP Townhalls & Get New FAQs Document

The Division of Professions and Occupations hosted two Telephone Townhalls on July 15, 2019, that addressed Colorado's requirements for prescribers related to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program's registration and use. Licensees spanning the Medical, Podiatry, Dental, Optometry, Pharmacy, and Nursing Boards were in attendance.

Robert Valuck, Executive Director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, was the featured speaker. Among the topics of discussion were the PDMP's structure and purpose, the selection of specialties, prescriber reports, and the use of delegated accounts to inform patient assessments.

Both Townhall recordings are available below for those licensees who were unable to participate in one or both of these sessions. A Q-and-A document also can be accessed that answers many frequently asked questions about the PDMP, its use, benefits, and contact information related to its operation.

Listen to: PDMP Townhall Audio 1 or PDMP Townhall Audio 2

 

 

Revised Opioid Guidelines Adopted

On March 14, 2019, the revised Guidelines for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioidswere adopted by all six of Colorado's prescribing and dispensing Boards: the Colorado Dental Board, the Colorado Medical Board, theState Board of Nursing, the State Board of Optometry, the Colorado Podiatry Board, and the State Board of Pharmacy, and endorsed by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine.

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