- New CURES Fees Effective April 1, 2021
Effective April 1, 2021, the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) fee will increase from $6 to $11 annually for a period of two years. The increase will be applied to licenses expiring after July 1, 2021, and is assessed at the time of license renewal on specified licensees of the Board of Registered Nursing that prescribe, order, administer, furnish, or dispense Schedule II, Schedule III, Schedule IV, or Schedule V controlled substances.
Most licensees will see a $22 CURES Fee due to the biennial renewal cycle. The fee covers the reasonable regulatory costs of the Department of Justice for operating and maintaining CURES, a critical element in the state’s effort to address the growing danger of opioid addiction stemming from prescription drug abuse.
For more information about CURES, visit: https://oag.ca.gov/cures.
- Expedited Licensure for Refugees, Asylees, and Holders of Special Immigrant Visas
Starting January 1, 2021, individuals in the following categories who apply for licensure by the Board of Registered Nursing may seek an expedited licensure process.
- Refugees pursuant to section 1157 of title 8 of the United States Code;
- Those granted asylum by the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Attorney General of the United States pursuant to section 1158 of title 8 of the United States Code; or,
- Individuals with a special immigrant visa that have been granted a status pursuant to section 1244 of Public Law 110-181, Public Law 109-163, or section 602(b) of title VI of division F of Public Law 111-8.
In order to receive the expedited licensure process, individuals must provide documentation of their refugee, asylee, or special immigrant visa status when submitting their application package. Please note that this does not mean a license must be issued, but simply that the process will be expedited.
- New Controlled Substance Prescription Form Requirements Begin January 1, 2021
Starting on January 1, 2021, the only controlled substance prescription forms that will remain valid and acceptable by California pharmacies will be those possessing a 12-character serial number and a corresponding barcode, compliant with the requirements introduced in a new state law, AB 149. Pharmacists will not be permitted to fill any new or refill prescriptions submitted on the old noncompliant form beginning January 1. The requirements do not affect prescriptions that are electronically transmitted from the prescriber to the pharmacy, or prescriptions for non-controlled substances such as antibiotics. If you have questions about whether your controlled substance paper prescription form is compliant, talk to your prescriber.
- New Prescribing and Reporting Rules for Controlled Substances Effective January 1, 2021
Starting January 1, 2021, new laws will impact licensees who prescribe and/or furnish controlled substances.
1. Updated Prescription Pad Security Requirements - starting January 1, 2021, California state law requires 15 security elements to appear on California Security Prescription Forms, the forms which replaced the triplicate prescription form. State law also requires California Security Prescription Forms to be produced by printers licensed by the California Department of Justice: California Security Prescription Printers Program. For more information, visit: Are Your Prescription Forms Compliant?
2. Revised Reporting Requirements for Controlled Substances – starting January 1, 2021, the dispensing of a controlled substance must be reported to the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) within one working day after the medication is released to the patient or the patient's representative. Previously, the deadline to report was seven days after dispensing. Further, this law requires reporting of Schedule V drugs, in addition to Schedules II, III, and IV. This requirement applies to pharmacists and prescribers who dispense controlled substances. For more information, please refer to the AB 528 Joint Statement.
- Fake BRN Representative/DEA Agents Extortion Scam
The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN or Board) has learned that scam artists posing as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents or Board investigators are calling California registered nurses as part of an extortion scheme. The scammers identify themselves as DEA agents or Board investigators, calling about ongoing investigations regarding their license issued by the BRN. The scammers tell victims their license may be suspended for illegal drug trafficking. The scammers may provide a “Notice of Suspension” letter with BRN’s letterhead and/or logo which includes statements that licensees must follow instructions given by the Board investigator. The scammers are also asking for licensee bank account information. The scammers’ phone number may show up as the BRN’s office number (916) 322-3350.
No DEA agent, BRN investigator or staff member, will ever contact RNs by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. If you receive a call such as the one described, refuse the demand for payment. Do not disclose any personal information, i.e., social security number, dates of birth, credit or debit card numbers.
Please also consider the following:
- If the caller is stating they are from the DEA, immediately report the threat using the DEA’s Extortion Scam Online Reporting form.
- If the individual identifies themselves as a Board employee, please contact the Board at (916) 322-3350 and press 3 to be directed to the Board’s Enforcement unit or send an email to Enforcement.BRN@dca.ca.gov.
- If the phone number of the caller appears to be the Board’s number, it is recommended that you submit an online complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) using the FCC's Consumer Complaint form or contact the Board so it can provide this information to the FCC.
- DEA Warns Public of Extortion Scam by DEA Special Agent Impersonators
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- Warning of Possible Hospital Cyber Attack
The Board of Registered Nursing would like to notify you that the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Health and Human Services have credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers. The Board is sharing this information to provide warning to healthcare providers to ensure that they take timely and reasonable precautions to protect their networks from these threats. Please see additional information at the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency website.
- Nursing Students May Supplement Healthcare Staff During Recent Spike in COVID-19 Cases
- The Board of Registered Nursing Appoints a New Executive Officer
- State Leadership Accountability Act (SLAA) Report
- NCLEX test delivery is commencing at a subset of U.S. and Canada based Pearson VUE test centers on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
- Progress Report on the Implementation of the Comprehensive Continuing Education Plan for Approving and Disapproving Continuing Education Opportunities
- Apply for Health Professions Education Foundation Loan Repayments, Scholarshipts, & Grants
- The BRN is proud to reveal a new way to view annual school data! Using this link, you can obtain new insights on pre-licensure nursing programs and other relevant trends.
- Important Fingerprint Changes: Applicants must first submit an application for licensure prior to submission of fingerprints.
The Board of Registered Nursing has made some necessary changes to be in compliance with DOJ and FBI fingerprint result information. All applicants must first submit an application for licensure to the Board prior to submission of fingerprints via Live Scan or hard card.
After submission of an application for licensure, a request for Live Scan form or fingerprint hard cards must be submitted to the Board via the Fingerprint Requests page.
Upon receipt of the request, the Board will validate the submission of an application for licensure and will then email a link to the Live Scan form or mail the fingerprint hard card (if outside of California). Please allow 7-10 business days to receive your hard cards by mail or 3 business days to receive your Live Scan form link.
Please visit our Fingerprint Information page to review all information regarding the submission of fingerprints.
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