WAC 246-922-663: Patient Evaluation

Link to law: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-922-663
Published: 2015

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WAC 246-922-663

Patient evaluation.

The podiatric physician shall obtain, evaluate, and document the patient's health history and physical examination in the health record prior to treating for chronic noncancer pain.
(1) The patient's health history shall include:
(a) Current and past treatments for pain;
(b) Comorbidities; and
(c) Any substance abuse.
(2) The patient's health history should include:
(a) A review of any available prescription monitoring program or emergency department-based information exchange; and
(b) Any relevant information from a pharmacist provided to the podiatric physician.
(3) The initial patient evaluation shall include:
(a) Physical examination;
(b) The nature and intensity of the pain;
(c) The effect of the pain on physical and psychological function;
(d) Medications including indication(s), date, type, dosage, and quantity prescribed;
(e) A risk screening of the patient for potential comorbidities and risk factors using an appropriate screening tool. The screening should address:
(i) History of addiction;
(ii) Abuse or aberrant behavior regarding opioid use;
(iii) Psychiatric conditions;
(iv) Regular concomitant use of benzodiazepines, alcohol, or other central nervous system medications;
(v) Poorly controlled depression or anxiety;
(vi) Evidence or risk of significant adverse events, including falls or fractures;
(vii) Receipt of opioids from more than one prescribing practitioner or practitioner group;
(viii) Repeated visits to emergency departments seeking opioids;
(ix) History of sleep apnea or other respiratory risk factors;
(x) Possible or current pregnancy; and
(xi) History of allergies or intolerances.
(4) The initial patient evaluation should include:
(a) Any available diagnostic, therapeutic, and laboratory results; and
(b) Any available consultations.
(5) The health record shall be maintained in an accessible manner, readily available for review, and should include:
(a) The diagnosis, treatment plan, and objectives;
(b) Documentation of the presence of one or more recognized indications for the use of pain medication;
(c) Documentation of any medication prescribed;
(d) Results of periodic reviews;
(e) Any written agreements for treatment between the patient and the podiatric physician; and
(f) The podiatric physician's instructions to the patient.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.22.240, 18.22.015(5). WSR 11-10-063, § 246-922-663, filed 5/2/11, effective 7/1/11.]