Feds Cracking Down on Opioid Prescribers and Dispensers

Healthcare professionals and pharmacies take note: If you are prescribing or dispensing what appears to be an unusual or disproportionate amount of controlled substances, there’s a good chance the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) could come knocking on your door. The federal government recently announced that for 45 days during February and March it “surged” its […]

HHS Offers New HIPAA Guidance in Light of Opioid Crisis

Shortly after President Donald Trump declared a nationwide public health emergency to combat the opioid crisis, the HHS Office for Civil Rights released new guidance on when and how healthcare providers can share a patient’s health information when that patient may be in crisis and incapacitated, such as during an opioid overdose. HIPAA regulations already […]

Proposed Opioid Bill Ensures Patient Privacy While Helping MDs Make Rx Decisions

An estimated one-in-three Americans had a prescription for opioids in 2015 and that number continues to grow. With that growth has come a startling increase in the number of overdose deaths. The National Center for Health Statistics reported that overdose deaths hit a record 19.9 per 100,000 population in the third quarter of 2016, up […]

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