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Florida Nonopioid Law – gGastro Workflow Suggestions


Effective July 1, 2019, the state of Florida requires providers to inform their patients of available non-opioid alternatives for the treatment of pain before prescribing, ordering, dispensing or administering an opioid to their patients.


With this in mind, we have prepared some gGastro suggestions that may assist your practice in complying with this new statutory requirement.


Create a Guideline for patients with an opioid medication documented in their profile as a reminder/alert to assist the provider with documentation.  
Check the PDMP prior to dispensing any opioids and document such a check in the service note.  The PDMP may vary per state.

Create a ribbon in the HPI section that includes a list of non-opioid alternative medications to choose from so that the provider can conveniently select those that have been recommended to the patient.    

Create a Custom Section to assist the provider in documenting the non-opioid alternatives that were discussed with the patient.  
Create a Macro in the plan to remind your providers to discuss all of the points required by the statute with each appropriate patient.

Obtain a copy of the Department of Health pamphlet (available here) regarding nonopioid alternatives and attach to an instructional order for printing at time of checkout.    

For more information, access the Florida Opioid Law QRG.



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