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Senate Unanimously Passes Electronic Prescription Exemption

Posted at 11:21 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 00:29:44-05

At the State Capitol, the Senate passed an exemption allowing in-home hospice providers the ability to opt out of electronic prescribing.

Sen. Dave Rader, R-Tulsa, authored Senate Bill 1278, which allows outpatient hospice patients to have greater access to their medications by exempting their doctors from Oklahoma’s electronic prescription.

The law was a recommendation from the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse and aims to combat prescription fraud and opioid abuse, officials said.

“Since most hospice care in Oklahoma is in-home, we need to extend this exemption to these patients and their doctors,” Rader said. “Outpatient hospice patients face debilitating pain, and their doctors need the flexibility to pick up the phone and immediately call in a prescription. This exemption ensures Oklahomans that choose in-home hospice care are shown compassion and have quick access to pain relief during their last days of life.”

The bill now heads to the House for consideration.

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