Category: Opioid Epidemic


CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain is intended to improve communication between providers and patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reduce the risks

Are patient satisfaction surveys fueling  dependence on pain killers?

If you’ve spent time as a hospital patient, you may recall receiving a survey about your experience. It turns out your answers can impact how much the hospital is paid and, in some cases, even what your doctor earns. The

Pain Management Survey Questions Will No Longer Impact Inpatient CMS Hospital Reimbursement Rates – AOTA

On October 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced they will no longer use results from the pain management portion of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey to impact reimbursement rates

Fentanyl bust nets enough drugs to wipe out population of Ohio 

Police who busted a fentanyl ring in Columbus, Ohio found enough of the drug to kill the population of the entire city, prosecutors told Fox News. Investigators ended up finding 4.5 pounds of fentanyl in a drug bust in October,

West Virginia calls in National Guard to tackle opioid crisis | Fox News

People expect to see the Army National Guard during disasters. In Huntington, W.Va., the guard has been called in to help tackle the opioid crisis — which the governor has described as a disaster. “We have to stop this terrible drug

Emory hosts community conversation on America’s opioid crisis | Emory University | 

Debra Houry, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and a former associate professor in Emory’s Department of Emergency Medicine As an emergency room doctor at Grady Hospital for 15 years, Houry’s views

Revised HCAHPS Pain Management Questions: What You Need to Know

CMS has proposed removing the current Pain Management composite, which consists of the following three questions. During this hospital stay, did you need medicine for pain? During this hospital stay, how often was your pain well controlled? During this hospital

FDA targets anti-diarrhea pills that Lehigh Valley doctor calls ‘poor man’s methadone’ – The Morning Call

An emergency room doctor with Lehigh Valley Health Network last year treated two people who nearly died from taking large quantities daily of an over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medication in an effort to get high or stave off the effects of opioid

Hospitals using alternative for Morphine due to shortage |

Eyewitness News recently got calls and e-mails from some concerned hospital patients wanting to know if they were getting the right pain medication alternative, since morphine is in short supply. When a recent hospital patient was at Tulane Medical Center last

B-N Doctors Think Twice On Painkillers Amid Opioid Epidemic | WGLT

Dr. Ramsin Benyamin views the opioid epidemic almost like he would a patient. If you ask Benyamin how he’d fix the opioid issue—how he’d treat it—he starts with a diagnosis. Before you can fix the problem, he said, you must