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HB 972 - Regulation of Pain Management Clinics - Key Vote

Georgia Key Votes




Stage Details

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (49-3) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (124-38) - (Key vote)

Title: Regulation of Pain Management Clinics

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes new restrictions on pain management clinics.

  • Requires all pain management clinics to be owned by a physician licensed in the State of Georgia (Sec. 2).
  • Defines “pain management clinics” as places of medical practice that (Sec. 2):
    • Advertise the treatment of pain;
    • Use “pain” in the name of the clinic; or
    • Treat 50 percent or more of its patients for chronic pain with controlled substances.
  • Defines “chronic pain” as physical pain treated for a period of 90 days or more in a year, but does not include pain immediately preceding or following a surgery (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that a person who operates an unlicensed pain management clinic is guilty of a felony (Sec. 2).
  • Exempts pain management clinics that were in existence prior to June 30, 2012, from the requirement to be owned by a physician, and authorizes the ownership of such clinics by physician assistants or registered nurses (Sec. 2).
  • Authorizes law enforcement officers and coroners to send notice and evidence to the Georgia Composite Medical Board upon discovering a death that may be a result of medication prescribed at a pain management clinic or a procedure performed at a pain management clinic (Secs. 2 & 3).
  • Expands the authority of the Georgia Composite Medical Board to regulate pain management clinics through the following mechanisms (Secs. 1 & 2):
    • Licensing pain management clinics;
    • Establishing minimum standards for prescribing pain killers; and
    • Establishing minimum standards for continuing education for physicians owning or working in a pain management clinic.


Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Regulation of Pain Management Clinics


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