UPDATE ON COMPREHENSIVE ADDICTION AND RECOVERY ACT (CARA)
Federal legislation entitled “Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)” was signed into law on July 22, 2016 by President Obama. Included in the new law is a provision that would allow APRNs to prescribe Suboxone® (buprenorphine) for medically assisted treatment; however, prior to prescribing buprenorphine for the treatment of addiction, specific criteria (yet to be fully established) must be met. For example, completion of educational training addressing various topics will be required of the prescriber.
Until such time (up to eighteen months) that the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) convenes a task force to develop best practices and establishes the guidelines for prescribing, (which will likely be communicated through the Federal Register), the state of Kentucky and the Kentucky Board of Nursing have no information to guide interested APRN licensees. Information will be made available to KY APRNs when guidance is received from the federal government. For additional information, please contact the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) at 1-800-882-9539 (8:30 am-5:50 pm ET) or DEA.Registration.Help@usdoj.gov
TELEHEALTH LEGAL OPINION
The Kentucky Board of Nursing Interprets KRS Chapter 314 as defining that nursing care occurs in the location of the patient and therefore any nurse providing care via telehealth routes is required to be licensed or hold the privilege to practice in Kentucky, effective October 30, 2015.
The Kentucky Board of Nursing is an agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, governed by the Nurse Practice Act. The Board is a separate and distinct entity from any professional association.
Our job is to protect public health and welfare by developing and enforcing state laws governing the safe practice of nursing.
The Board is self-supporting through fees assessed for professional licensure. The agency receives no general fund tax appropriation.
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PRIMARY SOURCE VERIFICATION: The KBN website is considered primary source verification and is actually the preferred method of licensure validation. Both JCAHO and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of the Inspector General, consider verification through the website as evidence of licensure.
Nursing Leadership Programs
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