CHA News Article

Guidance Available for New Law on Pain Management and Schedule II Drugs

The California Department of Public Health has released All Facilities Letter 17-25, providing guidance on compliance with Assembly Bill 1048 (Chapter 615, Statutes of 2017). Under the new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, health facilities licensed by the department are no longer required to assess pain concurrently with the collection of patient vital signs. Although providers are still required to assess pain, the bill allows facilities to create their own policies and procedures related to pain assessment and management, consistent with clinical practice. In addition, effective July 1, 2018, licensed pharmacists are authorized to dispense Schedule II drugs as a partial fill prescription at either the patient or prescriber’s request. This bill also establishes storage, reporting and recording requirements.