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Dr. Standridge: thanks for taking the time to speak with me this morning about your concerns on suboxone being included in the threshold for determining if a practice needed to be registered as a pain clinic. As we discussed, I am proposing to draft a letter next week from TMA to the Health Commissioner explaining the concern of addiction specialists and asking if the department would be willing to develop a policy statement to address it, at least in the interim. As you know, we cannot change the statute, if needed, until the legislature returns in January, 2014.

Gary M. Zelizer

Director of Government Affairs

Tennessee Medical Association

2301 21st Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37212


Phone: 615-460-1641

Cell: 615-364-7555

Fax: 615-312-1898