PRN Authorization

We know it.  It is nothing new.  However, a number of providers are overlooking the requirement for PRN authorization anytime a resident has an “as needed” medication ordered, even an over-the-counter. 

Admittedly, the chances that Community Care Licensing will walk in and cite you for not having the correct documentation are slim.  The new budget dilemma is yielding even fewer routine licensing visits.  The real issue is one of risk management.  Should there be a negative outcome with a resident and litigation would follow, a savvy attorney for the plaintiff will jump on the opportunity to point out the improper handling of medications.  Now, if they can point to the fact the harm was related to medication, it is even more difficult.

Take a few moments to ensure compliance by sending the physician the PRN authorization form that confirms the resident’s ability to request PRN medication.

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