medical/legal

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Practitioners end up at risk in drug testing because they lack knowledge of the policies that payors put out on medical necessity. They also can get into a lot of trouble if they don’t understand the mechanics of the clinical laboratory regarding presumptive testing and definitive testing. It’s...

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To provide high quality care for individuals with pain, a healthcare practitioner should have current knowledge of clinical standards, analyze each patient's medical needs, and create an individualized treatment plan. Similarly, to provide high quality legal counsel to pain care practitioners, an...

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Overdose--a small word that packs a major punch, and a big reason for many recent legal regulatory changes in controlled substance prescribing and pain management. Too many physicians and allied healthcare practitioners are caught unawares by the legal issues surrounding overdose events, fatal and...

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Dr. Ziegler comments on the importance of documenting best practice compliance in today's environment of intense scrutiny and litigiousness. There are steps that clinicians can take today, and ways that they can influence the future of regulation and reimbursement.

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In the area of accepted standards of prescribing practice, do you know what law enforcement is looking for? Dr. Gonzalez offers pointers from his "Pain practice checkup" presented at PAINWeek 2017. Good information to keep you in the know!

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Providers who do not understand medical necessity for drug testing, controlled medication prescribing, and substance abuse treatment are at risk as payers increasingly scrutinize these areas. Attorney Jennifer Bolen outlines some "pearls and pitfalls" for clinicians. Watch for important tools you...

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Too often, prescribers are the last to learn of an overdose event and worse, fail to take action once notified. Attorney Bolen outlines policies and protocols that practitioners can implement to proactively signal their intent to get things right when they go wrong.

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Fewer than 5% of people who are referred for treatment for opioid abuse from the criminal justice system in the US are receiving medication assisted therapy. This finding is reported by researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in a study report appearing in the December...

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Michael C. Barnes, an attorney who practices law with DCBA Law and Policy in Washington DC, discusses the nonadherent patient and recommends what a practitioner should do for the patient, and for themselves.

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