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Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH)


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The Nurse Physician Advisory Taskforce for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH) is a healthcare policy taskforce.  NPATCH improves healthcare in Colorado by facilitating communication between the practices of nursing and medicine, and addressing areas of mutual concern.  The taskforce is made up of 12 members, comprised of five physicians, five nurses and two consumer representatives.  One physician is a representative from the Colorado Medical Board, and one nurse is a representative from the Board of Nursing.

 

Board Adopts New Opioid Policy

The Board adopted a new policy for the Prescribing and Dispensing of Opioids, part of a collaborative effort with the Quad-Regulator Boards as one part of a statewide solution to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse.  The Quad-Regulator Boards include the Colorado Medical Board, the Colorado State Board of Nursing, the Colorado Board of Pharmacy, and the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners, facilitated by the Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH).  Other boards that license prescribers of controlled substances also adopted the policy including the State Board of Optometry and the Colorado Podiatry Board while the State Board of Veterinary Medicine endorsed the policy. 
 
The development of a joint policy by multiple regulatory boards is a first.  For that reason, the policy was drafted through an open process that allowed for full consideration of stakeholder views through multiple public meetings from February to July 2014.
 
To view the policy that was unanimously adopted by the Quad-Regulators and other boards, please click here.  

 

 

Timeline for Quad-Regulator Opioid Policy

To provide guidance to prescribers and dispensers of opioids, the Quad-Regulator Boards at DORA are collaborating to draft a joint policy as one part of a statewide solution to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse.  The Quad-Regulator Boards include the Colorado Medical Board, the Colorado State Board of Nursing, the Colorado Board of Pharmacy, and the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners, facilitated by the Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH).  The development of a joint policy by multiple regulatory boards is a first, so the Quad-Regulators are committed to an open process and timeline that allows for full consideration of stakeholder views. To view the policy that will be circulated for Board review and adoption, please click here. Comments and questions may be referred to Cory Everett at cory.everett@state.co.us.
 
PROCESS TIMELINE AS OF MAY 1, 2014

Summer 2013

Separately, Quad-Boards developed policies and/or principles for prescribing and dispensing opioids at Board meetings and stakeholder meetings.
 

September 2013

Quad-Regulator Conference: Quad Boards met jointly to consider separate policies plus policies from other jurisdictions.


Oct-Dec 2013

Quad-Board Presidents (or their delegates) worked together to merge the four separate policies and practices from other jurisdictions and created first draft of Joint Policy.

January 2014

Legal and science review of draft policy.

February 2014

Draft policy dated 2/20.  Medical Board meetings 2/20 and 2/25.

March 2014

Revised draft dated 3/3.  Pharmacy Board meeting 3/20.  Quad-Stakeholder meeting 3/24.


April 2014

Quad-Board Presidents (or their delegates) worked together to incorporate comments.  Revised draft dated 4/3.  Quad-Stakeholder meeting 4/16.  Dental Board meeting 4/16.  Nursing Board meeting 4/22.

 

PROCESS AHEAD 

May 2014

Quad-Board Presidents (or their delegates) to work together to incorporate comments.  Revised draft anticipated by 5/16.  Medical Board meeting 5/22.  Quad-Stakeholder meeting anticipated week of 5/26.

June 2014

Deadline for comments on revised draft policy 6/6.  NPATCH meeting 6/6.  Quad-Board Presidents (or their delegates) work together to incorporate comments.  Anticipated first Board vote on policy -- Medical 6/19.
 

July 2014

Anticipated Board votes on policy -- Pharmacy 7/17, Nursing 7/22, and Dental 7/24.
 

 

Articulated Plan Template

The Nurse-Physician Advisory Taskforce for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH) has created a template to help Advance Practice Nurses create an articulated plan for safe prescribing.


Click here for the template and examples

Click here to print blank form



Safe Prescribing Resources

Organizations and articles to help health care professionals prescribe medications safely. Click here for more information.
 

Guidelines and Tools for Improving Pain Management

Preceptorship and Mentorship Agreement Templates

NPATCH has created templates that may be useful for Advance Practice Nurses and physicians/RXNs creating mentorship and preceptorship agreements.

Click here for Preceptorship Template

Click here for Mentorship Template

Information for APNs with Prescriptive Authority

The Board of Nursing has general information here and Frequently Asked Questions here.

The Board of Medicine has a Summary of changes here.

Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. Please review the program's Laws, Rules and Policies web page to learn of any changes due to legislation.

 
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We Changed Our Name!

The Division is now called the Division of Professions and Occupations, effective August 8, 2012. To help our consumers and licensees more readily locate and utilize our services, the legislature passed House Bill 12-1055 during the 2012 legislative session. Please note, the Division of Professions and Occupations will still be housed within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Services the Division currently offers will remain the same.

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