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New Regulation Imposes Strict Requirements on Medical Practitioners who Prescribe Controlled Substances for Treatment of Chronic Pain

On October 14th, we posted on the Delaware Health Law Blog that the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline had proposed a rule regarding the use of controlled substances for the treatment of pain. A public hearing was held on November 1, 2011 without comment in opposition to the rule. On February 1st, Rule 32 was adopted as proposed and will go into effect on February 11, 2012. The Rule is designed to assist practitioners by providing them with the minimum requirements for meeting the necessary standard of care in prescribing controlled substances for the treatment of pain. In order to demonstrate that your practice has met the standard of care, you must be vigilant in documenting specific aspects of care and medical decision-making.

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