Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Important Amendment Fixes Prescribing Controlled Substances Issue

FHCA is pleased to report that, this morning on the Senate floor, Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-25) amended HB 1175 to include language that will fix a serious problem being experienced by physicians prescribing controlled substances to residents in nursing homes. FHCA had previously reported that these problems were resulting from the "pill mill" legislation that passed last year.

The amendment modifies 456.44, Florida Statutes, to state that the subsection "does not apply to a physician who treats a patient who is admitted in a nursing home or related health care facility or receiving hospice services as defined in chapter 400."

This is a great victory for FHCA, and we want to thank all of those who have worked so hard for this important issue, including our FHCA members along with representatives of the Florida Medical Directors Association. The bill now goes back to the House for a floor vote, and we will keep you informed of its progress.

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