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PDFWAC 246-853-740

ConsultationExemptions for exigent and special circumstances.

An osteopathic physician is not required to consult with a pain management specialist as defined in WAC 246-853-750 when the osteopathic physician has documented adherence to all standards of practice as defined in WAC 246-853-715 through 246-853-760, and when one or more of the following conditions are met:
(1) The patient is following a tapering schedule;
(2) The patient requires treatment for acute pain, which may or may not include hospitalization, requiring a temporary escalation in opioid dosage with expected return to their baseline dosage level or below;
(3) The osteopathic physician documents reasonable attempts to obtain a consultation with a pain management specialist and the circumstances justifying prescribing above one hundred twenty milligrams MED per day without first obtaining a consultation; or
(4) The osteopathic physician documents the patient's pain and function is stable and the patient is on a nonescalating dosage of opioids.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.57.800, 18.57A.800 and 2017 c 297. WSR 18-20-087, § 246-853-740, filed 10/1/18, effective 11/1/18.]
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