Claims Rise Against Physicians Prescribing Opioids
by Kathy Everitt
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
As you consider guidelines for prescribing opioids or using non-opioid therapy, remember to document your reasoning. This includes documenting your review and assessment of the continuation/success of the therapy at each visit and using a treatment agreement that is updated and signed annually.
The CDC offers tools to help you adopt evidence-based best practices for prescribing and managing opioids. These guidelines also recommend:
- Recognizing that opioids are not first-line therapy—non-pharmacological/non-opioid therapies are preferred for chronic pain
- Establishing goals and continuing therapy only if there is meaningful improvement in pain and function and these outweigh the risks
- Discussing the risks and benefits of opioid therapy
- Using immediate release opioids when first starting
- Using the lowest effective dose
- Prescribing for short durations
- Evaluating the benefits, harms and risks frequently
- Reviewing the PDMP data
- Establishing protocols in your office so all providers are abiding by the same guidelines
Professional Solutions offers a CME webinar on this topic that is free to policyholders. Learn more.