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Disease management strategy can be likened to applying band-aids rather than addressing root causes of chronic pain, states author Heather Tick.
A former prosecutor and current defense lawyer outlines how you may be at risk of investigation-and what to do.
Former prosecutors offer pain practitioners guidance on how to use their own "data mining."
Identifying those at risk for opioid abuse, misuse, and diversion presents an increasing clinical concern.
New, legacy, and peri-operative patients with chronic pain warrant unique prescribing and treatment approaches.
Communicating between physician and patient using phone texting is appropriate so long as sufficient precautions are taken to protect privacy per HIPAA.
Lessons learned from the California doctor convicted of murder after prescribing deadly combination of medications.
Using prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), states are trying to affect real changes in prescription drug misuse, abuse, and overdoses. The Prescription Behavior Surveillance System (PBSS) is designed to compile de-identified epidemiological data on misuse behaviors.
Pain clinicians can take a lesson from a high-profile lawsuit—take time for yourself to avoid burnout and the “us vs them” scenario of high-stress practices.
A group of pain specialists have been working behind the scenes for the past 5 years to develop a National Pain Strategy (NPS), the fruit of their labor is now available for public comment.1,2 Practical Pain Management applauds the work of the taskforce and their recomme
States are increasingly playing a regulatory role when it comes to opioid medications to prevent opioid abuse and diversion. New Mexico's program emphasizes patient-provider relationship over regulatory "dosage thresholds."
States are increasingly playing a regulatory role when it comes to opioid medications. Dr. Stephen J. Ziegler discusses balancing the needs of the state with the needs of chronic pain patients.
New York State enacts I-STOP, which is designed to curb prescription drug diversion by requiring physicians to send all prescriptions electronically (e-prescribe).
How one patient/doctor relationship spawned a interdisciplinary collaboration of clinicians and law enforcement members.
Share the Risk model is an example of successful collaboration among interdisciplinary teams of clinicians and law enforcement to mitigate professional risks while improving patient care.