Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 360-8-.02 - Standards of Operation

(1) Each location of a clinic where a physician practices pain management must be licensed.
(2) A new pain management clinic license must be obtained if there is a change in ownership or a change in location.
(3) No pain management clinic shall provide medical treatment or services unless a physician, a physician assistant authorized to prescribe controlled substances under an approved job description, or an advanced practice registered nurse authorized to prescribe controlled substances pursuant to a physician protocol is on-site at the pain management clinic. This rule shall not apply to a certified registered nurse anesthetist practicing pursuant to Code Section 43-26-11.1, so long as
(a) the patient has previously been examined by a physician and such physician has issued a written order for such patient to receive medical treatment or services and
(b) the pain management clinic has obtained written consent of the patient prior to any medical treatment or services being provided by the certified registered nurse anesthetist regarding the medical treatment or services to be performed, the risks of the medical treatment or services to be performed, and that a physician may or may not be on-site.
(4) No licensed physician can own a pain management clinic if the physician, during the course of his or her practice, has been denied the privilege of prescribing, dispensing, administering, supplying or selling any controlled substance, or has had board action against his or her medical license as a result of dependency on alcohol or drugs.
(5) No person can own a pain management clinic if he or she has been convicted of a felony. For purposes of this rule, the term "convicted of a felony" shall include a conviction of an offense which if committed in this state would be deemed a felony under either state or federal law, without regard to its designation elsewhere. As used in this paragraph, the term "conviction" shall include a finding or verdict of guilt, a plea of guilty resulting in first offender status, or a plea of nolo contendere in a criminal proceeding, regardless of whether the adjudication of guilt or sentence is withheld or not entered thereon.
(6) The owner of the clinic and the physicians practicing in the clinic shall be responsible for compliance with all the laws and rules and regulations regulating the practice of medicine and the laws and rules and regulations pertaining to the controlled substances.
(7) The license issued by the Board shall be displayed in a conspicuous place.
(8) All pain management clinics that dispense controlled substances or dangerous drugs shall be registered with the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy as required by Chapter 4 of Title 26.
(9) Each physician owning or practicing in a pain management clinic must register with the Georgia Prescription Monitoring Program ("PDMP"). See link Each physician practicing at a pain clinic must regularly check the PDMP on all new and existing patients.
(10) The Board shall have the power to reprimand, cancel, suspend, revoke, or otherwise restrict any license or permit issued by the Board.
(11) Any person who operates a pain management clinic in the State of Georgia without a license shall be guilty of a felony.


Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 360-8-.02
O.C.G.A. ยงยง 43-26-11.1, 43-34-283.
Original Rule entitled "Standards of Operation" adopted. F. Jun. 23, 2014; eff. July 13, 2014. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Aug. 14, 2018; eff. Sept. 3, 2018.

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