“The American Medical Association (AMA) adopted new policies at its annual meeting to help reverse the growing epidemic of opioid overdose (from heroin and prescription opioids) and abuse. The new policies encourage physicians to:
- Co-prescribe naloxone to patients at risk of an overdose
- Promote timely and appropriate access to non-opioid and non-pharmacologic treatments for pain
- Support efforts to delink payments to health care facilities with patient satisfaction scores relating to the evaluation and management of pain.
“The AMA and our nation’s physicians have demonstrated our commitment to ending this epidemic,” said Patrice A. Harris, MD, chair-elect of the AMA and chair of the AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse. “These new policies build on the work of our task force, which has made clear that physicians must take a leading role in reversing the tide of this epidemic.”
Source: PracticalPainManagement.com – June 15, 2016