Update on VMS Opioid Prescribing Task Force
VMS has established a multi-specialty opioid prescribing task force that met for the first time by conference call on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. The task force includes physicians representing family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, pain medicine, palliative medicine, addiction psychiatry, general surgery, and orthopedic surgery. VMS will also include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pharmacists.
On the task force call, Commissioner Harry Chen outlined the likely components of the administration’s bill on opioid prescribing which will be released in the next few weeks. The bill is likely to include the 10-pill limit on opioid prescriptions for minor procedures and will also prescribing criteria for other types of acute pain, but will not include palliative, hospice or cancer-related pain. The Commissioner said it would be helpful if VMS and UVM Medical Center were involved in developing these criteria. The bill will also increase CME requirements and will revisit the requirements for querying the VPMS.
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