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PDFWAC 246-922-715

Patient evaluation and patient record.

(1) For the purpose of this section, "risk assessment tool" means validated tools or questionnaires appropriate for identifying a patient's level of risk for substance abuse or misuse.
(2) The podiatric physician shall evaluate and document the patient's health history and physical examination in the patient record prior to treating for chronic pain.
(a) History. The patient's health history must include:
(i) The nature and intensity of the pain;
(ii) The effect of pain on physical and psychosocial function;
(iii) Current and past treatments for pain, including medications and their efficacy;
(iv) Review of any significant comorbidities;
(v) Any current or historical substance use disorder;
(vi) Current medications and, as related to treatment of the pain, the efficacy of medications tried; and
(vii) Medication allergies.
(b) Evaluation. The patient evaluation prior to opioid prescribing must include:
(i) Appropriate physical examination;
(ii) Consideration of the risks and benefits of chronic pain treatment for the patient;
(iii) Medications the patient is taking including indication(s), type, dosage, quantity prescribed, and, as related to treatment of pain, efficacy of medications tried;
(iv) Review of the PMP in accordance with the provisions of WAC 246-922-790;
(v) Any available diagnostic, therapeutic, and laboratory results;
(vi) Use of a risk assessment tool and assignment of the patient to a high-, moderate-, or low-risk category. The podiatric physician should use caution and shall monitor a patient more frequently when prescribing opioid analgesics to a patient identified as high-risk;
(vii) Any available consultations, particularly as related to the patient's pain;
(viii) Pain related diagnosis, including documentation of the presence of one or more recognized indications for the use of pain medication;
(ix) Treatment plan and objectives including:
(A) Documentation of any medication prescribed;
(B) Biologic specimen testing ordered; and
(C) Any labs or imaging ordered.
(x) Written agreements, also known as a "pain contract," for treatment between the patient and the practitioner; and
(xi) Patient counseling concerning risks, benefits, and alternatives to chronic opioid therapy.
(c) The health record must be maintained in an accessible manner, readily available for review, and contain documentation of requirements in this subsection, as well as all other required components of the patient record, as established in statute or rule.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.22.005, 18.22.015, 18.22.800, and 2017 c 297. WSR 18-20-085, ยง 246-922-715, filed 10/1/18, effective 11/1/18.]
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