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Chapter 30  |  Article 30 - 3A  |  Section 3

1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS APPLICABLE T

1A - PROCEDURE FOR REGULATION OF OC

2 - ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW

2A - MEDICAL LICENSING BOARD

3 - WEST VIRGINIA MEDICAL PRACTICE

3A - MANAGEMENT OF INTRACTABLE PAIN
    30 - 3 A- 1
    30 - 3 A- 2
    30 - 3 A- 3
    30 - 3 A- 4

3B - MOBILE INTENSIVE CARE PARAMEDI

3C - HEALTH CARE PEER REVIEW ORGANI

3D - PHYSICIAN HEALTH PROGRAMS

4 - WEST VIRGINIA DENTAL PRACTICE A

4A - ADMINISTRATION OF GENERAL ANES

4B - DENTAL LABORATORY SERVICES

5 - PHARMACISTS, PHARMACY TECHNICIA

6 - BOARD OF FUNERAL SERVICE EXAMIN

7 - REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL NURSES

7A - PRACTICAL NURSES

7B - CENTER FOR NURSING

7C - DIALYSIS TECHNICIANS

7E - NURSE HEALTH PROGRAMS

8 - OPTOMETRISTS

9 - ACCOUNTANTS

10 - VETERINARIANS

10A - ANIMAL EUTHANASIA TECHNICIAN

11 - CHIROPODISTS-PODIATRISTS

12 - ARCHITECTS

13 - ENGINEERS

13A - LAND SURVEYORS

14 - OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS AND SU

14A - ASSISTANTS TO OSTEOPATHIC PH

15 - NURSE-MIDWIVES

16 - CHIROPRACTORS

17 - SANITARIANS

18 - PRIVATE INVESTIGATIVE AND SEC

19 - FORESTERS

20 - PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

21 - PSYCHOLOGISTS; SCHOOL PSYCHOL

22 - LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

23 - RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS

24 - QUALIFICATION OF ARMED FORCES

25 - NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATORS

26 - HEARING-AID DEALERS AND FITTE

27 - BOARD OF BARBERS AND COSMETOL

28 - WEST VIRGINIA OCCUPATIONAL TH

29 - LAW-ENFORCEMENT TRAINING AND

29A - STANDARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL F

30 - SOCIAL WORKERS

31 - LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSEL

32 - SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS

33 - TATTOO STUDIO BUSINESS

34 - BOARD OF RESPIRATORY CARE PRA

35 - BOARD OF DIETITIANS

36 - ACUPUNCTURISTS

37 - MASSAGE THERAPISTS

38 - THE REAL ESTATE APPRAISER LIC

38A - APPRAISAL MANAGEMENT COMPANI

39 - UNIFORM ATHLETE AGENTS ACT

40 - WEST VIRGINIA REAL ESTATE LIC

WVC 30- CHAPTER 30. PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS.

WVC 30 - 3 A- ARTICLE 3A. MANAGEMENT OF INTRACTABLE PAIN.

WVC 30 - 3 A- 1 §30-3A-1. Definitions.

For the purposes of this article, the words or terms defined in this section have the meanings ascribed to them. These definitions are applicable unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context.

(1) An "accepted guideline" is a care or practice guideline for pain management developed by a nationally recognized clinical or professional association or a specialty society or government-sponsored agency that has developed practice or care guidelines based on original research or on review of existing research and expert opinion. An accepted guideline also includes policy or position statements relating to pain management issued by any West Virginia board included in chapter thirty of the West Virginia Code with jurisdiction over various health care practitioners. Guidelines established primarily for purposes of coverage, payment or reimbursement do not qualify as accepted practice or care guidelines when offered to limit treatment options otherwise covered by the provisions of this article.

(2) "Board" or "licensing board" means the West Virginia Board of Medicine, the West Virginia Board of Osteopathy, the West Virginia Board of Registered Nurses or the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy.

(3) "Nurse" means a registered nurse licensed in the State of West Virginia pursuant to the provisions of article seven of this chapter.

(4) "Pain" means an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.

(5) "Pain-relieving controlled substance" includes, but is not limited to, an opioid or other drug classified as a Schedule II through V controlled substance and recognized as effective for pain relief, and excludes any drug that has no accepted medical use in the United States or lacks accepted safety for use in treatment under medical supervision including, but not limited to, any drug classified as a Schedule I controlled substance.

(6) "Pharmacist" means a registered pharmacist licensed in the State of West Virginia pursuant to the provisions of article five of this chapter.

(7) "Physician" means a physician licensed in the State of West Virginia pursuant to the provisions of article three or article fourteen of this chapter.

WVC 30 - 3 A- 2 §30-3A-2. Limitation on disciplinary sanctions or criminal punishment related to management of pain.

(a) A physician is not subject to disciplinary sanctions by a licensing board or criminal punishment by the state for prescribing, administering or dispensing pain-relieving controlled substances for the purpose of alleviating or controlling pain if:

(1) In the case of a dying patient experiencing pain, the physician practices in accordance with an accepted guideline as defined in section one of this article and discharges his or her professional obligation to relieve the dying patient's pain and promote the dignity and autonomy of the dying patient; or

(2) In the case of a patient who is not dying and is experiencing pain, the physician discharges his or her professional obligation to relieve the patient's pain, if the physician can demonstrate by reference to an accepted guideline that his or her practice substantially complied with that accepted guideline. Evidence of substantial compliance with an accepted guideline may be rebutted only by the testimony of a clinical expert. Evidence of noncompliance with an accepted guideline is not sufficient alone to support disciplinary or criminal action.

(b) A registered nurse is not subject to disciplinary sanctions by a licensing board or criminal punishment by the state for administering pain-relieving controlled substances to alleviate or control pain, if administered in accordance with the orders of a licensed physician.

(c) A registered pharmacist is not subject to disciplinary sanctions by a licensing board or criminal punishment by the state for dispensing a prescription for a pain-relieving controlled substance to alleviate or control pain, if dispensed in accordance with the orders of a licensed physician.

(d) For purposes of this section, the term "disciplinary sanctions" includes both remedial and punitive sanctions imposed on a licensee by a licensing board, arising from either formal or informal proceedings.

(e) The provisions of this section apply to the treatment of all patients for pain, regardless of the patient's prior or current chemical dependency or addiction. The board may develop and issue policies or guidelines establishing standards and procedures for the application of this article to the care and treatment of persons who are chemically dependent or addicted.

WVC 30 - 3 A- 3 §30-3A-3. Acts subject to discipline or prosecution.

(a) Nothing in this article shall prohibit disciplinary action or criminal prosecution of a physician for:

(1) Failing to maintain complete, accurate, and current records documenting the physical examination and medical history of the patient, the basis for the clinical diagnosis of the patient, and the treatment plan for the patient;

(2) Writing a false or fictitious prescription for a controlled substance scheduled in article two, chapter sixty-a of this code; or

(3) Prescribing, administering, or dispensing a controlled substance in violation of the provisions of the federal Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, 21 U.S.C. §§801, et seq. or chapter sixty-a of this code; or

(4) Diverting controlled substances prescribed for a patient to the physician's own personal use.

(b) Nothing in this article shall prohibit disciplinary action or criminal prosecution of a nurse or pharmacist for:

(1) Administering or dispensing a controlled substance in violation of the provisions of the federal Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, 21 U.S.C. §§801, et seq. or chapter sixty-a of this code; or

(2) Diverting controlled substances prescribed for a patient to the nurse's or pharmacist's own personal use.

WVC 30 - 3 A- 4 §30-3A-4. Construction of article.

This article may not be construed to legalize, condone, authorize or approve mercy killing or assisted suicide.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
The WV Code Online is an unofficial copy of the annotated WV Code, provided as a convenience. It has NOT been edited for publication, and is not in any way official or authoritative.


Recent legislation affecting the Code

Citation Year/Session Short Title
§30 - 3 - 16 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 3 - 16 A - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 3 E- 1 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 2 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 3 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 4 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 5 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 6 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 7 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 8 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 9 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 10 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 11 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 12 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 13 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 14 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 15 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 16 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 17 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 18 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 19 - (New Code)
§30 - 14 A- 1 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 14 A- 2 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 14 A- 3 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 14 A- 4 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 14 A- 5 - (Repealed Code)
SENATE BILL - 425
PASSED - Regular Session

SB425 SUB2 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to licensure, supervision and regulation of physician assistants
§30 - 27 - 4 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 6 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 507
PASSED - Regular Session

SB507 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
§30 - 1 - 6 A - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 1 - 6 B - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 1 B- 1 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 2 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 3 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 4 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 5 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 6 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 7 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 8 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 9 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4151
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4151 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to military members and their spouses who obtain licensure through professional boards
§30 - 7 B- 1 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 B- 2 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 B- 3 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 B- 4 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 B- 5 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 B- 6 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 B- 7 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 B- 8 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 7 B- 9 - (Repealed Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4188
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4188 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Updating the authority and responsibility of the Center for Nursing
§30 - 1 - 20 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4245
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4245 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to anticipated retirement dates of certain health care professionals
§30 - 3 - 15 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4278
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4278 ENR SUB  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Rewriting the procedure by which corporations may obtain authorization from the West Virginia Board of Medicine to practice medicine and surgery
§30 - 1 - 7 A - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4318
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4318 ENR SUB  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Continuing education of veterans mental health
§30 - 4 - 6 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 4 - 19 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 4 A- 1 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4538
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4538 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to the Board of Dentistry
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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