Chronic pain treatment Guidelines … the precursor to mandates ?

Massachusetts Medical Society Opioid Therapy and Physician Communication Guidelines http://www.massmed.org/Patient-Care/Health-Topics/Massachusetts-Medical-Society-Opioid-Therapy-and-Physician-Communication-Guidelines/#.VWKDsEaui1w Position on Guidelines The Massachusetts Medical Society supports the position that physicians must use their best clinical judgment in the treatment of all patients. Guidelines exist in many areas to help physicians achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.  We recognize that this document creates […]

We don’t need another F-ing LAW !

There should be a law ! I wrote the above post just a few weeks back… I received a email from a chronic pain pt from KY.. that is being cut off medication that the pt has been taking for some 10 yrs..  It would seem that the “all knowing bureaucrats” in Frankfort have passed […]

whistle blower claims 20%+ of NY medicaid recipients not legally eligible for benefits

Fired auditors say Medicaid errors remain issue at New York Health Department http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Fired-auditors-say-Medicaid-errors-remain-issue-6283448.php The state terminated its contract with the Research Foundation in 2010, a year after the U.S. Attorneys office in Albany launched its investigation of the workers’ allegations. Five months ago, the civil claim filed by Monks and her colleagues ended with the […]

“It’s a shame too that Heroin has made us a family”

Portland residents march for heroin abuse awareness http://www.whas11.com/story/news/local/2015/05/23/portland-residents-march-for-heroin-abuse-awareness/27865161/ LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Walking the streets of Portland there are a sea of faces affected by heroin marching together in a poignant display of those left behind. “He was my best friend. He was the love of my life and he’s not just a number. He’s […]

It is all about the addicts… everyone else is on their own ?

How Pharmacists Restrict Access To Pain Medications http://www.wkrg.com/story/29128410/how-pharmacists-restrict-access-to-pain-medications When it comes to keeping pain medications out of the hands of addicts, pharmacies have several methods and restrictions. Addiction to pain medication is becoming a bigger problem each year. “We definitely see a lot more pain medication prescriptions now than we did 20 years ago,” says […]

Painful Truth… Pained lives matter !

Ken McKim.. first in new series of podcasts

http://www.spreaker.com/user/dontpunishpain/special-guest-steve-ariens I have had the privilege of being Ken Mc Kim’s first guest on his new podcast series..   https://www.facebook.com/ken.mckim.1?fref=nf I will be available soon for autographs  🙂  

CVS finds new way to deny care under their Silver Scripts PDP Medicare Part D.

Community CCRx Part D no longer offering Part D plans There are literally dozens of Part D plans offered in most States and although no single plan is the best for everyone, some plans will be a huge benefit for Medicare beneficiaries on certain Medications. Community CCRx members were transitioned to SilverScript Part D plans […]

Is the DEA “NOT COMFORTABLE” with the number of Heroin death increases ?

DEA report: Heroin use growing faster than any other illicit drug; overdose deaths highest in a decade http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150522/NEWS/150529638 Nationally, the number of deaths involving heroin more than tripled to 8,260 overdose deaths in 2013, from 2,402 deaths in 2007, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The National Heroin Threat […]

son broke into her medicine cabinet in 2013 and accidentally overdosed on her accumulated stockpile of amphetamines, benzodiazepines and morphine.

Woman Sues Walgreens, Claims Company Is Responsible for Son’s Overdose and Her Attempted Suicide http://patch.com/illinois/deerfield/woman-sues-walgreens-claims-company-responsible-sons-overdose-and-her-attempted-suicide A woman is suing Walgreens, claiming the Deerfield-based pharmacy giant prescribed excessive amounts of narcotics that led to the accidental overdose death or her son and her suicide attempt the following day. Donna Soltis cites negligent supervision and training, general […]

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