What Has UMA Done For You Lately?
Recent Legislative Accomplishments
- Passed liability protection bill for Utah physicians for acts or omissions while treating patients from public health emergencies (currently for COVID-19). See details HERE.
- Passed Medical Treatment Prior Authorization Bill requiring insurers to be transparent about their prior authorization requirements, posting on the Internet which drugs, devices, and procedures require prior authorization and all the information that needs to be submitted to get authorized. It prohibits post-care review for medical necessity.
- Prevented passage of a bill to outlaw out-of-network balance billing by physicians without compensating them fairly for emergency services.
- Amended onerous opioid prescribing requirements that would have otherwise added unnecessary regulation when treating for pain.
- Promoted passage of a bill to allow for partially filling prescriptions of Schedule II controlled substances.
- Prevented the sunsetting of Utah’s Good Samaritan laws as well as the “clear and convincing” evidence standard for emergency department care.
- Stopped or mitigated scope of practice legislation, preventing non-physicians from encroaching on medical practice (including but not limited to: chiropractors, naturopaths, lay (direct-entry) midwives, optometrists, etc.).
- Successfully pushed passage of Truth in Healthcare Advertising legislation.
- Pushed for physician dispensing of oncology drugs and other drugs, which also passed.
- Drafted, pushed and successfully passed legislation discouraging plaintiffs from naming uninvolved physicians in lawsuits, and allowing doctors to forego reporting of being named in suits if they are later dropped, thus reducing frivolous lawsuits.
- Got legislature to reverse Supreme Court decision to allow Negligent Credentialing Discovery in medical malpractice cases.
- In a landmark deal, got insurance companies and hospital systems to agree not to base hospital privileges or panel participation on employment status.
- Amended and helped pass Opiate Overdose Emergency Treatment legislation permitting the dispensing of an opiate antagonist to another person who may be at increased risk of experiencing an opiate-related overdose event.
Education for Controlled Substance Prescribers
Required Course for License Renewal
In Utah, legislation was passed that requires health care providers licensed to prescribe controlled substances to complete 3.5 hours of Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) approved continuing education on Schedule II and III controlled substances that are applicable to opioid narcotics, hypnotic depressants, and psychostimulants. (Utah Code Section 58-37-6.5) This required education is intended to reduce the negative effects of controlled substances in Utah.
The UMA Foundation course, CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES: EDUCATION FOR THE PRESCRIBER, is approved by DOPL and available online. You may take the course in one sitting or incrementally and at your convenience from work, home, or any location with internet access. Click here to get instructions on how to begin the registration process or to re-access the course.
Note: In addition to this course, DOPL requires controlled substance prescribers to complete the thirty-minute Controlled Substance Database (CSD) tutorial and examination. This is the same DOPL course that you have already been taking every two years for licensure renewal.