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November 16, 2017
Destruction of Controlled Drugs

After receiving clarification from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regarding federal regulation 20-64-214, the Arkansas Department of Health can no longer accept controlled drugs for destruction from DEA registrants including but not limited to pharmacies and licensed medical practitioners. Controlled substances are to be disposed of in accordance with the guidelines provided by the DEA. The DEA website has useful information: click here



October 23, 2017
Surgical Technologist Registration

Regulation 40 governing surgical technologists was adopted by the Board at the August 2017 meeting and becomes effective October 29, 2017.  The application pack for surgical technologist registration is now available for downloading, click here.

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Forms and Publications

October 11, 2017
Compliance with Regulation 34 Governing Death Certificates

Recently the Board has addressed numerous complaints involving a physician’s failure to timely and completely fill out and process death certificates. In order for a physician to avoid Board interaction, the Board reminds and stresses to physicians the importance of complying with Regulation 34 by fully completing death certificates in a timely manner.

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October 11, 2017
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Act 820 of 2017 and ASMB Regulation 41 require prescribers to access the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) prior to prescribing a Schedule II or III opioid to a patient and prior to prescribing a benzodiazepine for the first time to a patient except in very limited circumstances. The Medical Board encourages all physicians and physician assistants who prescribe controlled medications to sign up for and utilize the PDMP. To register for access to the PDMP click here

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August 25, 2017
Regulation 31 Governing Physician's Delegation of Duties

Due to recent inquiries regarding supervision of unlicensed medical assistants, at the August 2017 meeting the Board requested that an announcement be posted on the Board's website clarifying the physician supervision requirement of Regulation 31. Only physicians can delegate duties to medical assistants. However, as long as the physician has trained and delegated the duty to the medical assistant, the physician does not have to be present when the medical assistant performs the duty.

Click here to review Regulation 31



June 29, 2017
NEW CCVS ORDERING SYSTEM!

The new ordering system, we announced was nearing completion, will be up on Monday, July 3rd, 2017! We are excited to be able to incorporate a lot of the changes requested by CCVS clients in this part of the system. Please note the ordering changes and the way you place, view orders in working and released status and view receipts. We are positive you will enjoy these changes as you become familiar with navigating through them. If anyone has any issues, please contact the support customer service email, support@armedicalboard.org and someone will assist you. We will update the User Guide with this information as soon as possible.

We would also like to let CCVS clients know that effective July 10th, the ASMB will begin sending out reminders to licensed physicians to go online and update their attestations every 120 days because credentialing organizations cannot order their profiles without this form.