Managing the Risks of Prescribing Controlled Medications

Author: Michael C. Barnes

The prescribers of opioid medications for pain and addiction are under heavy scrutiny from state regulators, law enforcement, and plaintiffs' attorneys. With benzodiazepine related overdose deaths quadrupling between 2001 and 2013, and sedative induced impairment garnering increasing attention in communities, courts, and the media, scrutiny of the prescribing of all classes of controlled prescription medications is rapidly increasing. This session--led by an attorney whose practice focuses heavily on managing the risks of prescribing controlled prescription medications-- will set forth best practices to protect patients from harm and providers from criminal and civil liability. The speaker will discuss methods to determine medical necessity, comply with the standard of care, implement safety precautions, and provide adequate documentation in the medical record.

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