|July 17, 2017
DHHS Announces 31 Day Grace Period for Enforcement of E-prescribing Penalties
The mandate to e-prescribe any opioid medication was established in Public Law Chapter 488, An Act to Prevent Opioid Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program which was enacted by the 127th Legislature and took effect July 29, 2016. But many elements of the law had delayed effective dates including the e-prescribing requirement which took effect on July 1, 2017.
So while the legal requirement to prescribe electronically any opioid medication unless granted a waiver under the law is now in effect, there will be no penalty for violating the law until August 1. After that date, individuals who violate the law can face a civil fine of up to $250 per violation, not to exceed $5,000 per calendar year.
MMA has partnered with Dr. First, a major provider of e-prescribing solutions across the country to make its software available at a discount to MMA members. As a result of the grace period, we are presenting an additional informational webinar at noontime on July 19 and further information is available in an announcement in the Upcoming Events section of this Weekly Update. The Dr. First contact in Maine is Eric Landry and he can be reached at 888-481-4303 or via e-mail to elandry @drfirst.com.< Previous Article | Next Article >
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