Providers, payors & policy: Opioid epidemic updates
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt seen news stories or read articles about the opioid epidemic facing our country. We’ve categorized a few of the latest updates on the topic below.
- The FDA wants to target the overprescribing of opioids by mandating training on prescription of opioids as well as training on spotting signs of abuse.
- The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association adopted new standards for pain management that mirror the guidelines set forth by the CDC.
- Insurers are working to restrict the number and size of opioid prescriptions through updated authorization policies.
- First national public health advisory issued in 13 years.
- Surgeon General focusing on removing access barriers to Naloxone, an overdose antidote, that can restore a person’s breathing.
Your Medical Practice
Take time to reflect on how your medical practice is managing this issue and establish how you’re moving forward. Internally, you should discuss specific questions:
- How is your practice addressing this public health crisis?
- Are any new regulations impacting your ability to care for your patients the way you always have?
- Has your practice participated in any training related specifically to opioid prescription and management?