It’s That Time Again!

It’s Back to School time in Pikeville and Pike County!

UNITE Pike wishes every student, teacher, and parent or guardian in Pikeville and Pike County a great 2012-2013 school year!

UNITE Pike will be working in your schools throughout the year. If we can be of help to any of you please feel free to contact us!

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Changes to Substance Abuse Related Kentucky Law from the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly

Changes to Substance Abuse Related Kentucky Law from the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly

• “Pain Management Facilities” must be owned by a physician holding an active Medical License. Any facility primarily devoted to treating pain (or advertising for pain management) is covered. A physician specially trained in pain management is required to be on premises at least 50% of the time patients are present. (Exceptions are made for hospitals, schools, Hospice, and others.) Existing facilities are permitted to continue, so long as no infractions are committed.

• Pain Management Facilities must accept private health insurance as an allowable form of payment. This eliminates fly-by-night storefront operations that only accept cash, and are not able to process ordinary health insurance claims.

• CHFS and KBML share enforcement authority. CHFS enforces the above requirements for facilities it licenses, KBML enforces the law for private doctors offices.

• Kentucky State Police, Office of the Attorney General, CHFS, and Licensing Boards to share reports of improper prescribing. To ensure that all appropriate enforcement authorities are aware of drug diversion complaints, the Kentucky State Police, the Attorney General, CHFS, and the licensing boards will share reports within 3 days of illegal or inappropriate actions, to the extent allowed by existing law.

• Licensing Boards are required to issue regulations to protect patients, including:

1. Mandatory prescribing and dispensing standards;

2. Limitations on “in office” dispensing (to combat Florida style “pill mills”);

3. Emergency license suspension procedures when public health is endangered;

4. Commencement of complaint investigation within 7 days, production of a charging decision within 120 days;

5. No licensing of practitioners convicted of drug felonies;

6. Mirroring of sanctions imposed by other states;

7. Mandatory reporting of criminal or disciplinary actions by medical professionals;

8. Participation in the National Practitioner Data Bank;

9. Continuing medical education on addiction and pain management.

• Commonwealth’s and County Attorneys to report indictments. Local prosecutors shall report to the Attorney General within 3 days any indictment of a medical professional for a felony drug offense.

• Addiction and pain specialists required to consult with licensing boards. Concern is growing that the failure of the licensing boards to effectively combat drug addiction is due to a lack of expertise and knowledge. This provision mandates consultation with experts.

• Boards to accept unsworn complaints. Currently, the KBML requires complaints to be sworn and notarized. This provision deletes this requirement. Anonymous complaints may be reviewed at the licensing board’s discretion, if sufficient information is provided to support an investigation.

• Doctors and nurses must check KASPER prior to dispensing Schedule II or III drugs. Safety measures are required prior to dispensing the most abused controlled substances, including checking KASPER reports, taking a full medical history, conducting a physical exam, discussing the risk of drug tolerance, and periodic reviews of each patient’s individual circumstances. These safeguards are drawn from recent laws passed in Ohio and Florida, as well as recommendations from the KBML. Exceptions are made for emergency services, hospice care, and other limited cases.

• Medical professionals may direct employees to access KASPER. As requested by KBML, medical practitioners may specifically authorize office staff to access KASPER records for subsequent review by the practitioner.

• Medical professionals may access KASPER reports showing their own prescribing practices.

• Medical professionals may place KASPER reports in patient’s records. KASPER reports may now be included in the treatment records of patients, as requested by medical professionals.

• Practitioners protected in using KASPER. Good faith use of KASPER reports is protected.Existing law providing felony sanctions is eliminated.

• Hospitals may request KASPER reports on employees. CHFS may initiate any needed investigation, and may request hospital assistance.

• Medicaid Services to monitor and report improper prescribing practices. The problem of tax dollars being misused to support drug diversion is addressed by requiring Medicaid Services to promptly report improper prescribing practices by medical professionals seeking Medicaid reimbursement, and to report suspected improper drug seeking by Medicaid recipients.

• Pharmacies discovering robbery or theft must report. Full information regarding such incidents must be provided to law enforcement.

• Real Time Reporting funding requests authorized. CHFS is authorized to seek funding from the United States Department of Justice to create and maintain a real time reporting upgrade to the KASPER system.

• CHFS to “proactively” use KASPER data. This proactive use shall include investigations, research and educational uses.

• CHFS, Licensing Boards, and ODCP to generate public Trend Reports. CHFS may share the data underlying trend reports with requesting Licensing Boards.

• Real Time Reporting funding requests authorized. CHFS is authorized to seek funding from the United States Department of Justice to create and maintain a real time reporting upgrade to the KASPER system.

• CHFS may join other states in sharing prescription data. This protects against interstate doctor shopping.

CHFS may join other states in sharing prescription data. This protects against interstate doctor shopping.

• Error correction to be permitted. CHFS shall promulgate regulations to allow a patient to correct any misinformation in the KASPER report.

• Coroners to test for drugs and report; Name & address of decedent not reported. Coroners are directed to test for controlled substances in appropriate cases, and report drug overdose deaths to the State Registrar and KSP. The Office of Drug Control Policy will assist in the compiling of an annual report of drug related deaths.

• ODCP and the State Medical Examiner shall publish findings relating to drug overdoses. This will enable for the first time, a more accurate count of deaths caused by prescription drug abuse. The Office of Drug Control Policy will assist in compiling an annual report of drug related deaths.

• Governor shall select Licensing Board members to ensure broad range of knowledge and talent. The Governor “may” select appointees from a short list provided by the Kentucky Medical Association, but the overriding requirement is that “different specialties from a broad cross section of the medical profession” are represented.

• Legislative oversight is provided for. A House Bill 1 Implementation Oversight Committee consisting of 3 Representatives and 3 Senators is authorized.

• Model Interstate Compact on Prescription Monitoring Program is adopted

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UNITE Pike Presents Coach Kelly Wells Basketball Camps — June 26-28, 2012


FREE Basketball Camp for Boys & Girls


For Students in 1st through 8th Grades


Coach Kelly Wells

Head Coach of the National Champion

University of Pikeville Bears

 Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Shelby Valley High School

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

East Ridge High School

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Phelps High School

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Lunch Provided!

For More Information Call

(606) 433-9329 Or Contact Your School’s Family Resource Center

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What to Do When You Love an Addict – Community Forums – May 15th & 22nd

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May 2012 UNITE Pike Coalition Meeting – Tuesday, May 15th

Tuesday, May 15th – Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church of Pikeville

126 Fourth Street (Across from Hardee’s)

This Month:

Senator Ray Jones, Representative Leslie Combs and Representative W. Keith Hall will bring us information about legislation related to substance abuse issues that went through the 2012 Sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly. Information about the “pill mill bill’, the pseudoephedrine/methamphetamine bill and bills aimed at restricting the so-called “synthetic” drugs will be highlighted.

As always lunch will be provided.

This will be our final coalition meeting for the school year. Our meetings will resume in September.

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