The Opioid Epidemic has slammed the Workers' Compensation community but the tide is starting to turn. Every month, state and federal agencies are promulgating new guidelines, regulations, and statutes to help curb the abuse. Below are resources to help you defend your claim.
CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic pain - 2016
Put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these guidelines are the strongest signal yet that the medical community is taking notice of the increased morbidity and mortality associated with chronic opioid use. We wholeheartedly recommend reading through the Guidelines, as it breaks down best practices for opioid prescribing. It is strongly supported by rigorous peer review, and is currently a resource without peer.
Surgeon General Letter to all doctors in the united states - August 2016
Recognizing the severity of the opioid crisis, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the U.S. Surgeon General, took the unprecedented step of sending a letter to all physicians in the United States urging care in prescribing. Such direct intervention by the highest medical official in the United States should not be taken lightly.
Turn the Tide Rx Pocket Guide
While by definition, this pocket guide is brief, it gives an excellent primer on prescribing opioids. It offers a quick, bite-sized look at the best practices for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. It was also included in every single letter the Surgeon General sent to every single doctor in the United States.
Turn the tide RX Website
This website is the Surgeon General's call to end the Opioid Epidemic, straight from the source. Take a look, as there are tons of resources for patients and physicians alike.
Summary of Maryland HB 437 - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Modifications
Acting upon one of the recommendations of Governor Hogan's Heroin & Opioid Emergency Task Force, the Maryland Legislature passed a law that will require physicians to looks up a patient's history of controlled substance prescriptions before prescribing controlled substances in most situations. As with any law, there are some notable exceptions. Take a look at our quick summary of the upcoming changes to the law, or read through the entire law for the nitty gritty details.
Maryland Heroin & Opioid Emergency Task Force Final Report- 2015
Coordinated by Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, an eleven member task force took a hard look at the Opioid Epidemic in Maryland to see what could be done. Their final report contains numerous recommendations based upon best practices observed in other states, and was the catalyst for the passage of HB 437. It's a lengthy read, but it offers an unparalleled look at how this crisis is affecting Maryland.
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