New CDC Guidance on Opioid Prescribing

March 16, 2016

Responding to growing concern about widespread over prescription opioids, the  Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has just released a new guidance and other tools the help guide physicians and other prescribers to determine when and how to prescribe opioids to patients.

The lengthy new guidance and support of tools for clinicians for use and prescribing of opioids for their patients available at include:

  • Detailed new guidelines
  • “Clinical Tools,” which essentially consist of digested summaries of the detailed guidance and a quick reference checklists; and
  • “Factsheets” for patients.

As irregularities and other improprieties in the prescription and management of painkillers and other controlled substances are a leading basis of serious discipline of physicians and other clinicians, physicians and other clinicians, clinics and hospitals, pharmacies in pharmacists and other healthcare providers involved in prescribing or supervising patients using or contemplating the use of opioids will want to review and incorporate these guidelines into their practices as soon as possible.

Health plan and other pay yours and the pharmacy benefit manager’s responsible for overseeing and evaluating prescriptions also likely will benefit from reviewing these materials and incorporating them into their practices as soon as possible.  Beyond the clinical use of these materials both health plans and healthcare providers likely will want to incorporate or use the fact sheets as communication tools for patients and their families to help educate patients about the  proper use, misuse, risks and other relevant information about opioid prescriptions.

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Cynthia Marcotte Stamer is a practicing attorney and management consultant, author, public policy advocate and lecturer widely recognized for her extensive work and pragmatic thought leadership, experience, publications and training on HIPAA and other privacy, medical records and data and other health care and health plan concerns.

Recognized as “LEGAL LEADER™ Texas Top Rated Lawyer” in both Health Care Law and Labor and Employment Law, a “Texas Top Lawyer,” an “AV-Preeminent” and “Top Rated Lawyer” by Martindale-Hubble and as among the “Best Lawyers In Dallas” in employee benefits 2015 by D Magazine; Ms. Stamer has more than 28 years of extensive proven, pragmatic knowledge and experience representing and advising health industry clients and others on operational, regulatory and other compliance, risk management, product and process development, public policy and other key concerns.

As a core component of her work as the Managing Shareholder of Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, PC, the Co-Managing Member of Stamer Chadwick Soefje PLLC, Ms. Stamer has worked extensively throughout her nearly 30 year career with health care providers, health plans, health care clearinghouses, their business associates, employers, banks and other financial institutions, their technology and other vendors and service providers, and others on legal and operational risk management and compliance with HIPAA, FACTA, PCI, trade secret, physician and other medical confidentiality and privacy, federal and state data security and data breach and other information privacy and data security rules and concerns; prevention, investigation, response, mitigation and resolution of known or suspected data or privacy breaches or other incidents; defending investigations or other actions by plaintiffs, OCR, FTC, state attorneys’ general and other federal or state agencies; reporting and redressing known or suspected breaches or other violations; business associate and other contracting; insurance or other liability management and allocation; process and product development, contracting, deployment and defense; evaluation, commenting or seeking modification of regulatory guidance, and other regulatory and public policy advocacy; training and discipline; enforcement, and a host of other related concerns for public and private health care providers, health insurers, health plans, technology and other vendors, employers, and others.

Beyond her extensive involvement advising and defending clients on these matters, Ms. Stamer also has served for several years as the scrivener for the ABA JCEB’s meeting with OCR for many years. She returns as Chair of the Southern California ISSA Health Care Privacy & Security Summit for the third year in 2016, as well as speaks and serves on the steering committee of a multitude of other programs.

A Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefit Counsel, the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation, Ms. Stamer also shares shared her thought leadership, experience and advocacy on HIPAA and other concerns by her service in the leadership of a broad range of other professional and civic organization including her involvement as the Vice Chair of the North Texas Healthcare Compliance Association, Executive Director of the Coalition on Responsible Health Policy and its PROJECT COPE; Coalition on Patient Empowerment, a founding Board Member and past President of the Alliance for Healthcare Excellence, past Board Member and Board Compliance Committee Chair for the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas; former Board President of the early childhood development intervention agency, The Richardson Development Center for Children; former Board Compliance Chair and Board member of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, current Vice Chair of the ABA Tort & Insurance Practice Section Employee Benefits Committee, current Vice Chair of Policy for the Life Sciences Committee of the ABA International Section, Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section, a current Defined Contribution Plan Committee Co-Chair, former Group Chair and Co-Chair of the ABA RPTE Section Employee Benefits Group, immediate past RPTE Representative to ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits Council Representative and current RPTE Representative to the ABA Health Law Coordinating Counsel, former Coordinator and a Vice-Chair of the Gulf Coast TEGE Council TE Division, past Chair of the Dallas Bar Association Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Committee, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Benefits Association and others.

Ms. Stamer also is a highly popular lecturer, symposia chair and author, who publishes and speaks extensively on health and managed care industry, human resources, employment and other privacy, data security and other technology, regulatory and operational risk management. Examples of her many highly regarded publications on these matters include “Protecting & Using Patient Data In Disease Management: Opportunities, Liabilities And Prescriptions,” “Privacy Invasions of Medical Care-An Emerging Perspective,” “Cybercrime and Identity Theft: Health Information Security: Beyond HIPAA,” as well as thousands of other publications, programs and workshops these and other concerns for the American Bar Association, ALI-ABA, American Health Lawyers, Society of Human Resources Professionals, the Southwest Benefits Association, the Society of Employee Benefits Administrators, the American Law Institute, Lexis-Nexis, Atlantic Information Services, The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA),, Benefits Magazine, Employee Benefit News, Texas CEO Magazine, HealthLeaders, the HCCA, ISSA, HIMSS, Modern Healthcare, Managed Healthcare, Institute of Internal Auditors, Society of CPAs, Business Insurance, Employee Benefits News, World At Work, Benefits Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Business Journal, the Houston Business Journal, and many other symposia and publications. She also has served as an Editorial Advisory Board Member for human resources, employee benefit and other management focused publications of BNA,, Employee Benefit News, and many other prominent publications and speaks and conducts training for a broad range of professional organizations and for clientson the Advisory Boards of,, Employee Benefit News, and many other publications. For additional information about Ms. Stamer, see or the Stamer│Chadwick │Soefje PLLC or contact Ms. Stamer via email to here or via telephone to (469) 767-8872.

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DEA Cautions Practitioners Must Restrict Delegation of Controlled Substance Prescribing Functions, Urges Adoption of Written Policies & Agreements

November 2, 2010

Physicians, dentists, veterinarians, hospitals, and other persons prescribing or managing practitioners that prescribe controlled substances should require written agreements with staff and others communicating controlled substance prescriptions on their behalf and implement other suitable controls to ensure compliance with Drug Enforcement Administration requirements for prescribing controlled substances according to a new DEA Statement of Policy On Role of Authorized Agents in Communicating Controlled Substance Prescriptions To Pharmacies (Statement) published by the Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on October 6, 2010.

The Statement reflects that the DEA is concerned that about practitioners improperly delegating medical need determinations and other responsibilities for prescribing controlled substances. The Statement indicates that practitioners using agents to communicate controlled substance prescriptions should ensure that their delegations are appropriately documented by written agreements with the agents detailing the scope of their authority and implement background checks, monitoring, written and operational policies and procedures governing delegations and other controlled substance prescribing and other controls to appropriately comply with DEA controlled substance prescription mandates.

Under the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 (CSA) and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act (CSIEA) (21 U.S.C. 801-971), a valid prescription issued by a DEA-registered practitioner is required for dispensing a controlled substance.  Existing rules prohibit DEA-registered practitioners from delegating their authority to prescribe controlled substances. To be effective (i.e., valid), a DEA-registered practitioner must issue the required prescription for a controlled substance for a legitimate medical purpose as determined by the practitioner acting in the usual course of professional practice. The registered practitioner actually must make the required determination of legitimate medical purpose underlying a controlled substance prescription. He cannot delegate responsibility for determining the legitimacy of the medical purpose for a controlled substance prescription or other core responsibilities.

While DEA rules prohibit a registered practitioner from delegating his core responsibilities pertaining to prescribing controlled substances to anyone else, DEA rules allow an individual practitioner to authorize an agent to perform a limited role in communicating controlled substance prescriptions to a pharmacy in order to make the prescription process more efficient. The ability to delegate these communication responsibilities is very restricted and requires that the practitioners apply appropriate controls to prevent delegation of core prescribing responsibilities.

In the Statement, the DEA cautions that DEA requires that DEA registered practitioners must be prepared to demonstrate that the registered practitioner alone makes all required medical determinations to prescribe the communicated controlled substances when delegating responsibility to communicate controlled substance prescriptions to pharmacies on their behalf to nurse or other person acting as the practitioner’s agent.  The Statement warns that delegation must be limited to participation in the communication of the prescription in accordance with DEA requirements.  The Statement urges practitioners allowing agents to participate in the communication of controlled substance prescriptions to make those delegations pursuant to written agreements with t he agent and to adopt other safeguards to maintain compliance with DEA rules.  To learn more, see  here

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If you need assistance reviewing or responding to the DEA prescribing guidance contained in the Statement or addressing other health care related risk management or compliance concerns, the author of this update, attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, may be able to help. Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section and the former Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Ms. Stamer has more than 23 years experience advising health industry clients about these and other matters. Ms. Stamer has extensive experience advising and assisting health care providers and other health industry clients to establish and administer compliance and risk management policies and to respond to DEA and other health care industry investigation, enforcement and other compliance, public policy, regulatory, staffing, and other operations and risk management concerns. A popular lecturer and widely published author on health industry concerns, Ms. Stamer continuously advises health industry clients about compliance and internal controls, workforce and medical staff performance, quality, governance, reimbursement, and other risk management and operational matters. Ms. Stamer also publishes and speaks extensively on health and managed care industry regulatory, staffing and human resources, compensation and benefits, technology, public policy, reimbursement and other operations and risk management concerns. Her insights on these and other related matters appear in the Health Care Compliance Association, Atlantic Information Service, Bureau of National Affairs, World At Work, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Modern Health Care, Managed Healthcare, Health Leaders, and a many other national and local publications.  You can get more information about her health industry experience here. If you need assistance with these or other compliance concerns, wish to inquire about arranging for compliance audit or training, or need legal representation on other matters please contact Ms. Stamer at (469) 767-8872 or via e-mail here

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DEA/DOJ Release Interim Final E-Prescribing Rules

March 25, 2010

Health care providers wishing to electronically prescribe controlled substance should begin reviewing and updating their practices and technology to comply with requirements of the Interim Final Regulations scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on March 31, 2010. Read details at

An advance copy of the new Interim Final Regulation with Request for Comments released March 24, 2010 by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Department of Justice on Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substance on is posted for review here.

Concurrent with publication of the Interim Final Rule, the DEA is inviting comment on DEA is seeking additional comments on the following issues: identity proofing, access control, authentication, biometric subsystems and testing of those subsystems, internal audit trails for electronic prescription applications, and third-party auditors and certification organizations.

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If you need assistance with health industry human resources or other management, concerns, wish to inquire about compliance, risk management or training, or need legal representation on other matters please contact Cynthia Marcotte Stamer at or (469) 767-8872. 

Nationally and internationally recognized for more than 22 years of work with health industry technology,  privacy and data security, regulatory compliance, reimbursement, workforce and staffing, licensure and accreditation, and other quality, risk management, operations and public policy matters organizations, publications, workshops and presentations and leadership Cynthia Marcotte Stamer has worked extensively with physicians, health systems, specialty and other pharmacy, telemedicine and other health technology, and other health industry clients on a diverse range of operational, product and process development, regulatory, licensure, public policy and risk management protections relating to e-prescribing, telemedicine, interoperable and other electronic health and medicine arrangements and other health care internal controls, process and privacy and technology matters. The publisher of the Solutions Law Press Health Care Update, and Solutions Law Press Health Care Privacy & Technology Update, Ms. Stamer also is a popular speaker and author of these and other health industry topics.  She regularly publishes, speaks and conducts training for health industry and other organizations, the ABA, American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), Health Care Compliance Association, Institute of Internal Auditors, various medical society and other professional organizations, the Medical Group Management Association, and many other organizations.  Her many publications and programs include“Changing Regulations Will Ease Way for E-Prescribing, But Physicians Shouldn’t Jump the Gun,” “Telemedicine, E-Prescribing & Electronic Health Records: Opportunities & Exposures,” “Telemedicine & E-Prescribing: Evolving Ethical, Licensing & Reimbursement Rules & Realities,” the “Tort & Other Liability” Chapter of the ABA Health Law Section/BNA E-Health & Technology Treatise, “Protecting & Using Patient Data in Disease Management Opportunities, Liabilities and Prescriptions,” Chapter 1: Privacy.” The Quest for Interoperable Electronic Health Records: A Guide to Legal Issues in Establishing Health Information Networks (AHLA 2005) (Contributing Author), “Cybercrime and Identity Theft: Health Information Security beyond HIPAA,” “Privacy & Securities Standards-A Brief Nutshell” and numerous other programs and publications on telemedicine and e-prescribing, HIPAA and other privacy and data security, and other related internal controls and operational matters.   Publishers of her many highly regarded writings on health industry and human resources matters include the Bureau of National Affairs, Aspen Publishers, ABA, AHLA, Spencer Publications, World At Work, SHRM, Business Insurance, James Publishing and many others.  You can review other highlights of Ms. Stamer’s health care experience here, and employment experience hereHer insights on these and other matters appear in Managed Care Executive, Modern Health Care, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Business Journal, the Houston Business Journal, MDNews, Kentucky Physician, and many other national and local publications.

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