Florida Exempts Hospices from Opioid Alternative Law

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has signed into law legislation that exempts hospices from a requirement that providers offer alternatives to opioids for anesthesia and pain management.

The new law, H.B. 743, removes hospices and critical care units from a list of types of health care providers to which the opioid substitution rule applies. The Florida state legislature last year passed a law mandating that health care providers offer patients non-opioid pain management medications.

“Due to the typically short stay in hospice for end of life patients, the risk of developing drug addiction is very low, and let’s face it,

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