Publication date: May 14, 2019
INDIANAPOLIS — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is clarifying its guidelines on opioid prescribing, citing the findings of a review panel led by Regenstrief Institute Research Scientist Kurt Kroenke, M. D. Dr. Kroenke and his colleagues found that many clinicians, policymakers and payers are misapplying the CDC’s guidelines, and those actions are negatively affecting patients.
Dr. Kroenke served as the chair of the American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation consensus panel created to review the influence of these guidelines on pain management practices.
In addition, the recommendations have been applied to patients outside the guideline’s scope, for example, people in active cancer treatment and those dealing with post-surgical pain.
“The intent of the CDC guidelines was to individualize treatment, but the overly restrictive prescribing policies created by legislatures and payers have led to unintended harm for some patients.
The panel report, “Challenges with Implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid Guideline: A Consensus Panel Report” was published in the April 2019 volume of the journal Pain Medicine.
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