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Strategies for Increasing Patient Safety with Opioids

January 23, 2020

Acting Secretary of HHS in 2017 declared a public health emergency to address what he called a “national opioid crisis.” It’s easy to see why. The number of people dying from opioid overdoses is increasing1 and the economic burden of prescription opioid misuse alone is estimated at $78.5 billion a year in the U.S.2 Furthermore, due to the increased scrutiny by law enforcement and regulatory agencies and the risk of dependency and overdose there are increased liability risks for physicians related to opioid prescribing.

In this special report, the risk management experts at NORCAL offer recommendations supporting sound pain management principles for mitigating these risks and increasing patient safety with opioids.

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Filed under: Pain Management Specialist, Pain Management, Prescribing & Medication, Special Report, Practice Manager, Physician, Opioids, Patient Care

Decreasing Opioid Overdose Risk for New Patients on High-Dose Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

January 19, 2018

The most conservative addiction and overdose prevention policies and procedures can’t protect a primary care clinician from inheriting a patient who is taking high doses of opioids for chronic pain. In many cases, because of the patient’s limited resources and/or the limited number of specialists in the community, primary care clinicians are expected to satisfy the patient’s needs for specialty care, including pain management, mental health and physical therapy. Although there is no perfect solution for clinicians faced with these challenging patients, the following recommendations can decrease the risk of overdose and increase the chance that patients can be transitioned to safer pain management:*

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Filed under: Pain Management Specialist, Pain Management, Prescribing & Medication, Best Practices, Physician, Opioids

Summary of CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

January 19, 2018

The CDC guidelines are structured around 12 main recommendations that address various aspects of opioid pain management. The guidelines are controversial and, like clinical guidelines, they do not represent the standard of care and do not require conformance. However, it is likely they will be offered as support for a standard of care argument in medical malpractice lawsuits. The recommendations are summarized below. the full text of the “CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016” can be found on the CDC website.

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Filed under: Pain Management Specialist, Pain Management, Prescribing & Medication, Article, Physician, Opioids

Preventing Pain Medication Overdose Deaths: Case Studies and Best Practices

January 19, 2018

The majority of NORCAL claims involving pain medications involve overdose deaths. This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who has been watching, listening to or reading recent news.

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Filed under: Pain Management Specialist, Pain Management, Prescribing & Medication, Article, Practice Manager, Physician, Opioids, Patient Care

Increased Overdose Risk When Combining Opioids With Other Medications

January 19, 2018

Concurrent use of opioid pain medications, benzodiazepines, antihistamines, antipsychotics, antianxiety agents or other CNS depressants increases a patient’s risk for overdose.1

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Filed under: Pain Management Specialist, Pain Management, Prescribing & Medication, Case Study, Physician, Opioids
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