Publication date: May 27, 2020
Now that Arizona hospitals have commenced elective surgeries for the first time since they were paused by COVID-19, that means new patients who will require post-operative pain treatment – an opioid prescription, in many cases.
As a nurse anesthetist who specializes in anesthesiology and non-opioid therapies, I’m well aware that legal opioid prescriptions too often lead patients down a path of years-long addiction.
For many patients, these therapies can take the place of traditional opioids.
The problem is antiquated Medicare reimbursement rules, which bundle payments and incentivize health providers to select the cheapest pain treatment (in the short term, at least): opioid pills.
Passing the NOPAIN Act will enable medical facilities to provide Arizona families more opioid-free alternatives and help all of us take a big step forward in the fight against opioid abuse.