The House voted 396 to 14 to send the Senate more than 50 bills aimed at tackling the opioid crisis.
A look at how Oregon paramedics treat people for pain-related emergencies shows that complaints of pain from black, Asian, and Latino people are sometimes ignored.
GAO recommends that Medicare Expand Oversight Efforts to Reduce Risk of Harm from Opioid Prescriptions
GAO-18-336T: Published: Jan 17, 2017. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2018.
GAO recommends that Medicare:
1. Gather information on the full number of at-risk beneficiaries receiving high doses of opioids,
2. Identify providers who prescribe high amounts of opioids, and
3. Require plan sponsors to report to CMS on actions related to providers who inappropriately prescribe opioids.
“The AMA wants all physicians to be leaders in the fight against the opioid epidemic,” said AMA President-elect Patrice A. Harris, M.D., chair of the AMA Opioid Task Force.