Senate panel OKs pill-mill bill with provision moving prescription-monitoring system to attorney general’s office

Over the objections of the Kentucky Medical Association, a Senate committee today approved a bill that would “transfer oversight of the state’s prescription-monitoring system
from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to the attorney
general’s office,” Jack Brammer reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

House Bill 4, an effort to fight so-called “pill mills,” passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 7-2 after Chairman Tom Jensen, R-London, said last week that he trusted the attorney general’s office to handle the job, now in the hands of the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. The bill now goes to the Senate Rules Committee, which could send it to the floor or to another committee, a move that would probably kill it since this is the last week of the legislative session.

The bill would allow no more than 20 attorney-general employees to access the monitoring system. It would also require doctors to
report pain-pill prescriptions within 24 hours starting July 1, 2013, and would “not charge health care providers a fee for using the system,” Brammer reports. The committee also changed the bill to allows only physicians to own pain-management clinics. (Read more)

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