Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) last week filed a Notice of Final Rulemaking on the opioid treatment and prescribing regulations. AzHHA is pleased that the final rule gives hospitals some additional flexibility in obtaining informed consent and when patients are transferred to different levels of care. ADHS is seeking an immediate effective date to the rule, but has signaled there will be a transition period to allow providers time to develop and implement policies and procedures. They will also provide technical assistance during this time period.
AzHHA will work with legal counsel to incorporate the new requirements into the 2018 Edition of the Consent and Health Information Resource Manual, which will be released this fall. Anyone interested in purchasing the manual should contact Whitney Jackson.