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WAC 246-840-477

Periodic review.

(1) The advanced registered nurse practitioner shall periodically review the course of treatment for chronic pain. The frequency of visits, biological testing, and prescription monitoring program (PMP) queries are determined based on the patient's risk category:
(a) For a high-risk patient, at least quarterly;
(b) For a moderate-risk patient, at least semiannually;
(c) For a low-risk patient, at least annually;
(d) Immediately upon indication of concerning aberrant behavior; and
(e) More frequently at the advanced registered nurse practitioner's discretion.
(2) During the periodic review, the advanced registered nurse practitioner shall determine:
(a) Patient's compliance with any medication treatment plan;
(b) If pain, function, or quality of life have improved, diminished, or are maintained using objective evidence; and
(c) If continuation or modification of medications for pain management treatment is necessary based on the advanced registered nurse practitioner's evaluation of progress towards treatment objectives.
(3) Periodic or patient evaluations must also include:
(a) History and physical examination related to the pain;
(b) Use of validated tools to document either maintenance of function and pain control or improvement in function and pain level; and
(c) Review of the PMP to identify any Schedule II-V medications or drugs of concern received by the patient at a frequency determined by the patient's risk category, and otherwise in accordance with the provisions of WAC 246-840-4990 and subsection (1) of this section.
(4) The advanced registered nurse practitioner shall assess the appropriateness of continued use of the current treatment plan if the patient's progress or compliance with current treatment plan is unsatisfactory. The advanced registered nurse practitioner shall consider tapering, changing, or discontinuing treatment in accordance with the provisions of WAC 246-840-4935.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.79.800 and 2017 c 297. WSR 18-20-086, § 246-840-477, filed 10/1/18, effective 11/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.79.400. WSR 11-10-064, § 246-840-477, filed 5/2/11, effective 7/1/11.]
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