Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH): News

2018 Meeting Schedule

NPATCH has confirmed dates for all scheduled meetings in 2018.

December 1 NPATCH Meeting Cancelled

The Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH) meeting scheduled for December 1, 2017 has been cancelled.

Opioid Prescribing Policy

Effective July 24, 2014 the prescribing Boards adopted a policy for the prescribing and dispensing of opioids, part of a collaborative effort with the Quad-Regulator Boards as one part of a statewide solution to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse. The Quad-Regulator Boards include the Colorado Medical Board, the Colorado State Board of Nursing, the Colorado Board of Pharmacy, and the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners. The process was facilitated by the Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH). Other boards that license prescribers of controlled substances also adopted the policy, including the State Board of Optometry and the Colorado Podiatry Board, while the State Board of Veterinary Medicine endorsed the policy.

The development of a joint policy by multiple regulatory boards is a first. For that reason, the policy was drafted through an open process that allowed for full consideration of stakeholder views through multiple public meetings held from February to July 2014.

View the policy that was unanimously adopted by the Quad-Regulators and other boards. 

Contact Information
Nurse-Physician Advisory Taskforce for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH)
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-894-7414 | Fax: 303-894-7692 | Email: