More and more we are seeing the results of dangerous opioid use. The CDC has produced some valuable training tools that can be shared with your network and/or staff. (See CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016).
This material is intended for primary care clinicians, nurses, and other clinicians prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. The guidelines provide a useful tool to monitor chronic pain management by the medical management staff.
The Department of Justice has a new opioid fraud and abuse detection unit that will use data analytics to look at providers with higher opioid prescription rates than their provider peers, providers with suspect relationships with pharmacies, and the tracking of patients who die within 60 days of receiving an opioid prescription.
Every state has a database that physicians and pharmacies can use to validate the controlled substances that have been prescribed for your member. The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program information fact sheet is available from the CDC.
To read more, visit CDC.gov