Managing Risk When Prescribing Narcotics
This CME activity explores the rise in legal issues that could result in mismanagement of opioids for the treatment of pain. According to a study of Massachusetts death files for 1990 to 2003, opioid-related fatal poisoning rates increased by 529%. Similar studies confirm that this is not an issue limited to Massachusetts but is a national and international problem. The use of opioids, more commonly known as narcotics, have continued to increase for the management of pain. Physicians need to be aware of the legal concerns of pain management and actionable steps they can take in their practice that may reduce that risk such as:
- Setup systems to identify and monitor patients for potential drug abuse
- Enter into pain management contracts with patients
- Identify when to refer to a certified pain specialist
- Understand the potential legal consequences of terminating the physician-patient relationship
- Review data on the magnitude of the opioid issues in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the country.
- Describe some successfully implemented strategies to cope with this epidemic rise in opioid addiction.
- Explore risk management methods for practitioners to that may limit potential liability exposure.
MMS Member Physicians: $12
Nonmember Physicians: $22
Allied Health Professionals: $9.60
CME Credit: 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, risk management study
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Lawyers Weekly, Inc.
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
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