According to the International Narcotics Control Board (2016), if the amount of opioids prescribed per year were averaged out over each person living in America, everyone would get about a two-week supply—a rate that’s considerably higher than anywhere else in the world.
How Can Clinicians Make a Difference?
How Has CMS Responded?
Besides removing the pain questions from the HCAHPS survey, which may have been sensitizing patients and physicians to pain issues, CMS and HHS worked together to define 4 priority areas:
(Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2017)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2017). Opioid Misuse Strategy 2016. CMS. Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/Partnerships/Downloads/CMS-Opioid-Misuse-Strategy-2016.pdf
International Narcotics Control Board. (2016). Narcotics Drugs 2016. Retrieved from https://www.incb.org/incb/en/narcotic-drugs/Technical_Reports/narcotic_drugs_reports.html
National Academy of Medicine. (2017). First do no harm: Marshaling clinician leadership to counter the opioid epidemic. Washington: National Academy of Medicine. Retrieved from https://nam.edu/first-no-harm-nam-special-publication/
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