Prescribing controlled substances, 79.17
HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Notice of Intended Action
Proposing rule making related to prescription drug monitoring
and providing an opportunity for public comment
The Human Services Department hereby proposes to amend Chapter 79, "Other Policies Relating to Providers of Medical and Remedial Care," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code chapter 249A.
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code chapter 249A.
Purpose and Summary
Section 5042 of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, codified in 42 U.S.C. 1396w–3a, requires covered providers who are permitted to prescribe controlled substances and who participate in Medicaid to query qualified prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) before prescribing controlled substances to most Medicaid beneficiaries, beginning October 1, 2021. This proposed rule making adds requirements consistent with the federal and state requirements for Medicaid-participating providers. Iowa Medicaid providers must also comply with requirements under Iowa Code section 124.551A and their respective licensing boards in regard to utilizing the PDMP.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to rule 441—1.8(17A,217).
Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on July 6, 2021. Comments should be directed to:
Iowa Department of Human Services
Hoover State Office Building, Fifth Floor
1305 East Walnut Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0114
No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
The following rule-making action is proposed:
Adopt the following new rule 441—79.17(249A):
441—79.17(249A) Requirements for prescribing controlled substances.
79.17(1) Review of Iowa prescription monitoring program database. A prescribing practitioner, as defined in Iowa Code section 124.550, shall review patient information in the Iowa prescription monitoring program (PMP) database prior to issuing a prescription for a controlled substance as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1396w–3a, inclusive of Schedules II, III and IV, unless the patient is receiving inpatient hospice care or long-term residential facility care. Review shall be conducted in accordance with all requirements under the prescribing practitioner's specific professional licensing authority.
79.17(2) Documentation. The prescribing practitioner shall include documentation in the patient file to demonstrate compliance with subrule 79.17(1). Subject to the requirements under Iowa Code chapter 124, subchapter VI, if the prescribing practitioner is not able to conduct a review of the PMP database despite a good-faith effort, the prescribing practitioner must document in the patient file such good-faith effort, including the reasons why the prescribing practitioner was not able to conduct the review. The prescribing practitioner shall submit such documentation to the Iowa Medicaid program upon request.