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First Substitute S.B. 127
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends the Utah Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substance
10 Database Act.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . amends the effective date for controlled substances prescriber education
15 . exempts optometrists and naturopathic physicians from controlled substances
16 prescriber education requirements;
17 . provides that completing the controlled substance database online tutorial and
18 online test counts as 1/2 hour of continuing professional education on controlled
19 substances prescribing; and
20 . makes technical changes.
21 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23 Other Special Clauses:
25 Utah Code Sections Affected:
27 58-37-6.5, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 71
28 58-37f-402, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 287
30 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31 Section 1. Section 58-37-6.5 is amended to read:
32 58-37-6.5. Continuing professional education for controlled substance
34 (1) (a) (i) [
35 (1)(a)(ii), beginning January 1, 2013, an individual[
36 license to prescribe a controlled substance under Title 58, Chapter 37, Utah Controlled
37 Substances Act, shall complete at least four continuing professional education hours in
38 approved controlled substance prescribing classes per licensing period.
39 (ii) Subsection (1)(a)(i) does not apply to:
40 (A) an optometrist licensed under Title 58, Chapter 16a, Utah Optometry Practice Act;
41 (B) a veterinarian licensed under Title 58, Chapter 28, Veterinary Practice Act; or
42 (C) a naturopathic physician licensed under Title 58, Chapter 71, Naturopathic
43 Physician Practice Act.
44 (b) [
45 (i) qualify for the [
46 Award Category 1 Credit;
47 (ii) be presented by an organization accredited to provide continuing medical education
49 (A) the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education;
50 (B) the Utah Medical Association; or
51 (C) another recognized state continuing medical education accrediting body; and
52 (iii) be approved by:
53 (A) the recognized state continuing medical education accrediting body; and
54 (B) the division.
55 (2) The division, by rule and in consultation with the applicable practitioner licensing
56 boards and the recognized state continuing medical education accrediting body, shall establish
57 educational content for [
58 The content shall include materials such as:
59 (a) use of the state controlled substance database;
60 (b) specific pharmacology;
61 (c) abuse, dependence, and addictive properties and toxicity of certain controlled
62 substances, which may include opioid narcotics, hypnotic depressants, and psychostimulants;
64 (d) other applicable content as determined by the division and established by rule.
65 (3) A controlled substance prescribing class required under this section:
66 (a) may be held:
67 (i) in conjunction with other continuing professional education programs; and
68 (ii) online;
69 (b) does not increase the total number of state-required continuing professional
70 education hours required for prescriber licensing; and
71 (c) shall be reported by an individual as part of the continuing professional education
72 required for licensing.
73 (4) As provided in Subsection 58-37f-402 (8), completing the online tutorial and
74 passing the online test described in Section 58-37f-402 shall count as 1/2 hour of continuing
75 professional education under Subsection (1)(a).
77 Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, to implement this section.
78 Section 2. Section 58-37f-402 is amended to read:
79 58-37f-402. Online tutorial and test relating to the database -- Fees -- Rulemaking
80 authority -- Continuing professional education credit.
81 (1) The division shall develop an online tutorial and an online test for registration to
82 use the database that provides instruction regarding, and tests, the following:
83 (a) the purpose of the database;
84 (b) how to access and use the database;
85 (c) the law relating to:
86 (i) the use of the database; and
87 (ii) the information submitted to, and obtained from, the database; and
88 (d) basic knowledge that is important for all people who prescribe controlled
89 substances to know in order to help ensure the health and safety of an individual to whom a
90 controlled substance is prescribed.
91 (2) The division shall design the test described in this section as follows:
92 (a) an individual shall answer all of the questions correctly in order to pass the test;
93 (b) an individual shall be permitted to immediately retake the portion of the test that
94 the individual answers incorrectly as many times as necessary for the individual to pass the test;
96 (c) after an individual takes the test, the test software shall:
97 (i) immediately inform the individual of the number of questions that were answered
99 (ii) provide the correct answers;
100 (iii) replay the portion of the tutorial that relates to the incorrectly answered questions;
102 (iv) ask the individual the incorrectly answered questions again.
103 (3) The division shall design the tutorial and test so that it is possible to take the
104 tutorial and complete the test in 20 minutes or less, if the individual answers all of the
105 questions correctly on the first attempt.
106 (4) The division shall ensure that the tutorial and test described in this section are fully
107 functional and available for use online on or before November 1, 2010.
108 (5) The division shall impose a fee, in accordance with Section 63J-1-504 , on an
109 individual who takes the test described in this section, to pay the costs incurred by the division
111 (a) develop, implement, and administer the tutorial and test described in this section;
113 (b) fulfill the other duties imposed on the division under this part.
114 (6) The division may make rules, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
115 Administrative Rulemaking Act, to:
116 (a) develop, implement, and administer the tutorial and test described in this section;
118 (b) fulfill the other duties imposed on the division under this part.
119 (7) The Department of Health shall assist the division in developing the portion of the
120 test described in Subsection (1)(d).
121 (8) Completing the online tutorial and passing the online test described in this section
122 shall count as 1/2 hour of continuing professional education under Subsection 58-37-6.5 (1)(a).
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