Governor Ducey Signs Opioid Trailer Bill / by Joe Furia

Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development 

Last week, Governor Doug Ducey signed HB 2549, a “trailer bill” that clarifies a number of provisions included in the opioid special session bill that was approved earlier this year. After reviewing both bills there are major provisions that impact hospitals and healthcare practitioners including:

  1. Dosage and time limits for opioid prescriptions
  2. Required use of e-prescribing for opioids
  3. Health insurer prior authorization requirements (and limitations) for the diagnosis, management, and treatment of acute pain, chronic pain or opioid use disorder
  4. Quarterly reporting requirements for healthcare facilities that provide substance abuse treatment

AzHHA has provided a summary of the legislation for its members and is working with legal counsel to incorporate all new opioid prescribing and treatment requirements into a new edition of the Consent and Healthcare Information Resource Manual. The manual will be available later this year. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the Consent Manual once it becomes available, please contact Whitney Jackson.