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Law: Regulating Pain Clinics

What are Pain Clinic Laws?

So-called “pill mills” have been discussed widely in the media, and pain clinic regulations are designed to prevent these facilities from prescribing controlled substances indiscriminately or inappropriately. A law was included in this resource as a pain clinic regulation if it requires state oversight of pain management clinics or if it describes specific registration, licensure, or ownership requirements for pain management clinics. For example, it may specify operational and personnel requirements, inspection and complaint procedures, initial or annual renewal of license investigations, procedures for denial or revocation of licenses, health and safety requirements, standards of care, or patient billing procedures. A pain management clinic is generally defined as any facility that provides management services or employs a physician who is primarily engaged in the treatment of pain by prescribing or dispensing controlled substance medications. 

States with Pain Clinic Laws

The map shows that Florida, Louisiana and Texas have pain clinic laws. TX LA FL

3 states: Florida, Louisiana, Texas.

Note: All laws enacted as of August 31, 2010.

Features of Pain Clinic Laws by State

Features

Aspects of Feature

States

State oversight

Must register with state

FL

Must be licensed (or certified) by state

LA, TX

State must inspect

FL, LA

State may Inspect

TX

License is not transferable or assignable

LA, TX

Board must investigate complaints

TX

Board must promulgate rules and regulations for pain clinics and pain practitioners

FL, LA, TX

Ownership and operation

Must be owned and operated by practitioner certified in pain management

LA

Must be owned and operated by a physician medical director

LA, TX

May not have any relationship with a practitioner who has been disciplined for improper controlled substance dealings

LA, TX

May not be owned in whole or in part by any person who has been convicted of a felony

LA, TX

 

 
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