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Senate panel approves its version of pain clinic regulation bill

March 27, 2012 | | Comments 0

State Sen. Tom Jensen, R-London

By Jack Brammer
jbrammer@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT – The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Tuesday to regulate pain clinics on a 7-2 vote and sent it to the Senate, which may vote on it later Tuesday.

The Senate version of House Bill 4, which aims to curb prescription drug abuse, would transfer oversight of the state’s prescription monitoring system from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to the attorney general’s office.

It limits to 20 the number of employees in the attorney general’s office who can access the monitoring system. It requires doctors to report pain pill prescriptions within 24-hours starting July 1, 2013. It does not charge health care providers a fee for using the system.

HB 4, as changed by the Senate, allows only physicians to own pain management clinics.

Bill Doll, a lobbyist for the Kentucky Medical Association, said the doctors’ group does not like moving the monitoring system to the attorney general’s office.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said the move was necessary to make the monitoring system a more efficient investigative tool.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Tom Jensen, R-London, said the bill “still has a long way to go” in the legislative process.

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