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January 7, 2013

HB 1 needs some ‘tweaking,’ lawmakers say



Committee members agreed. They approved the regulation – and nine others implementing the new law – but as Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville, put it: “with the caveat (KBML) use the next 60 days” during the 2013 General Assembly to make changes in the statute to reflect what the newest set of regulations say.

Bowen and others urged Nunnelley and KBMLA “to find a sponsor” to make those changes.

The main sponsors of the legislation, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, House Judiciary Chairman Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, and Republican Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, the likely new Senate President, have said the law needs “tweaking” in the session which begins Tuesday.

The basic tenets of the bill require pain clinics to be owned by physicians (some compliant but non-physician owned clinics – about eight of them – were grandfathered in by the law and can continue operating under the regulation of the cabinet); require all prescribers and dispensers of the drugs to register with the KASPER system; and for the KBML and state to monitor the prescribing practices of doctors and medical facilities.

RONNIE ELLIS writes for CNHI News Service and is based in Frankfort. Reach him at rellis@cnhi.com. Follow CNHI News Service stories on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cnhifrankfort.


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