The Ohio Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians testified today at the public hearing held by the State Medical Board of Ohio with concerns on the proposed rules on standards and procedures for the review of OARRS, Ohio's automated prescription drug database.
Ohio ACEP noted that the proposed rules do not support sound clinical judgment by a physician when determining when to access OARRS because the list of situations that trigger an automatic requirement to check OARRS is constructive. The proposed rules constitute, in effect, a mandate. Among other things, the chapter recommended the State Medical Board encourage physician usage of OARRS and support educational initiatives for physicians regarding narcotic prescription practices and reporting processes. Ohio ACEP applauded the efforts of the Ohio legislature and the medical board to address prescription drug abuse in Ohio and to eliminate the operation of 'pill mills.'
In other testimony, Ohio ACEP was a signatory on a House of Medicine letter highlighting current voluntary physician usage of OARRS and recommending rule language changes, improvements needed in the OARRS operations, and a focus on problem prescriber shoppers.