Understanding the Impact of Changes to Rule 400

On Friday, April 14, 2018, revisions to the Colorado Medical Board (CMB) Rule 400 became effective.  The CMB had previously held a rule-making hearing on February 15, 2018, to hear testimony for Rule 400 and its proposed changes.  Rule 400, which primarily defines CMB’s expectations for the supervising physician-supervised physician assistant (PA) relationship, was first enacted in 1983. Caplan & [...]

By |2018-04-24T11:21:25-06:00April 18, 2018|

Episode 5: New Health Law Rundown Podcast Covers Rule 800 Change

BOULDER—Nov. 2, 2017—Episode 5 of the Health Law Rundown, a podcast created by Caplan and Earnest attorney Matt Ullrich, is now available. Episode 5 includes a discussion with health law attorney Bob Rowland and Ullrich on the Colorado Medical Board’s updated version of Rule 800 concerning the delegation and supervision of medical services to unlicensed persons. The podcast highlights the [...]

By |2017-11-02T09:31:31-06:00November 2, 2017|

The Colorado Medical Board Finalizes Rule Concerning Delegation and Supervision of Medical Services

The Colorado Medical Board recently finalized an updated version of Rule 800 concerning the delegation and supervision of medical services to unlicensed persons. Highlights of these rule changes, which are of particular interest to physicians who delegate services and health care providers who work with delegating physicians, include: A delegating physician must ensure there is, on-site and available to the [...]

By |2017-09-27T12:19:51-06:00September 6, 2017|

Episode 4: Health Law Rundown Podcast Covers Criminal Impacts on Health Care Licensing

BOULDER—Aug. 1, 2017—Episode 4 of the Health Law Rundown, a podcast created by Caplan and Earnest attorney Matt Ullrich, is now available. Episode 4 includes a discussion with Caplan and Earnest attorneys Sheryl K. Bridges and Greg Lindquist about the health care issues and ramifications a practitioner providing Medicare or Medicaid services and licensed under the Colorado Medical Board or [...]

By |2017-11-02T09:31:09-06:00August 1, 2017|

Colorado Medical Board: Policy Regarding Recommendations for Marijuana as a Therapeutic Option

The Colorado Medical Board’s Medical Marijuana Workgroup, comprised of delegates of the Colorado Medical Board, representatives of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and physicians specializing in medical marijuana, has revised its draft Policy Regarding Recommendations for Marijuana as a Therapeutic Option. The revisions were made following a stakeholder process in which the Workgroup received feedback on behalf [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:30-06:00November 4, 2015|

DORA Warnings to Prescribers and Dispensers of Painkillers Good Reminder to Review Uniform Policy

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies recently alerted more than 600 pharmacies and doctors of the possibility that patients are “doctor shopping” to obtain large amounts of prescription painkillers. As the Denver Business Journal reports, in one case a patient was able to obtain prescriptions from 11 prescribers and 10 pharmacies in a matter of 30 days. The warnings come [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:56-06:00November 6, 2014|

Effective Peer Review: Preventing Fraud and Abuse in Health Care

Health care fraud is a significant problem in the United States and it’s a growing target for the Department of Justice, which estimates that such fraud costs the country $80 billion per year. The increased emphasis on abuse in the system puts hospitals and health care providers at greater risk of liability, stressing the need for effective and rigorous peer [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:58-06:00October 14, 2014|

New guidelines for use of opioid analgesics in treatment of chronic pain

The Federation of State Medical Boards recently updated their Model Policy for the Use of Opioid Analgesics in the Treatment of Chronic Pain, which is anticipated to be a guideline for the Colorado Medical Board in assessing a physician’s management of pain to determine if opioid analgesics were used appropriately and in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Since [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:07:11-06:00January 24, 2014|