Managing Risk When Prescribing Narcotics
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
- Setup systems to identify and monitor patients for
potential drug abuse
- Enter into pain management contracts with
- Identify when to refer to a certified pain specialist
- Understand the potential legal consequences of terminating the
- 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
- Explore risk management methods for practitioners to that
may limit potential liability exposure.
MMS Member Physicians: $12
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.
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.
A score of 70% or
higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
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