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
- Identify when to refer to a certified pain
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1
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