Carson City, NV – Recently, Nevada Senate Bill 231, a workers’ compensation bill limiting the dispensing of medications by providers other than pharmacies and hospitals was signed into law. With the bill, Nevada joins several other states in trying to control workers’ compensation pharmacy costs by limiting physician dispensing.
Among other things, the bill places limits on the ability of a provider other than a pharmacist or a hospital to dispense certain controlled substances beyond an initial supply, requires the use of the original NDC for certain provider-dispensed medications, prevents those providers from charging for a non-prescription medication, and increases the insurer bill payment timeframe to 45 days.
The bill is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2016; however, the bill also grants the Nevada Division of Industrial Relations the authority to prepare for implementation of the bill, including any needed rule-making, beginning on or after May 27, 2015. Any rules developed during this time frame would also have an effective date of January 1, 2016. It is not known at this point if rule-making will have any impact on these provisions.
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