NCMS Morning Rounds 1-9-20

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Jan. 9, 2020

New e-Prescribing Requirement Now In Effect

As of Jan. 1, the new e-prescribing requirements for Schedule II and Schedule III opioids is in effect. The requirements are part of the STOP Act of 2017.

The North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) has developed a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about this provision including what specific medications are covered by the provision of the law and who may be exempt from the requirement.
Access this useful list of e-prescribing FAQs.

Learn more about the STOP Act on the NCMB’s STOP Act resource page.

CDC Report Shows Decrease in Opioids Prescribed in Emergency Department

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday released its National Health Statistics report titled: “Trends in Opioids Prescribed at Discharge from Emergency Departments among Adults: United States 2006-2017.” The report shows that during the first part of that time period (2006-2011) the percentage of ED visits by adults where opioids were prescribed actually increased, but decreased by nearly 15 percent during the 2011-17 timeframe. The highest rate of decrease during that time occurred among younger adults (ages 18-44) and among those in medium or small metropolitan counties.

The top diagnoses for opioids prescribed at discharge were dental pain, kidney stones, fracture injuries, back pain and extremity pain.

Review the full report.

Happy 50th Anniversary to the National Academy of Medicine

2020 marks the 50th anniversary year of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Founded in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine under the congressional charter of the National Academy of Sciences, NAM’s mission was to provide independent, evidence-based advice on health, medicine and biomedical science in an era of rapid sociopolitical change. Over the decades, the IOM/NAM established a reputation as a trusted advisor with, as the New York Times put it, the power “to transform medical thinking around the world.”

Among its many historic impacts, the IOM/NAM established the public health research agenda for HIV/AIDS; catalyzed the quality and patient safety movement in U.S. health care; established dietary reference intakes for Americans; upheld the safety of childhood vaccinations; helped shape the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; and informed the global response to outbreaks of Ebola and Zika.

Throughout the year NAM will be celebrating its accomplishments and looking ahead to future challenges.

Learn more about NAM and what is planned in the coming months.

In the News

The True Cause of the Opioid Epidemic, The Atlantic, 1-2-20

Learning Opportunity

The NC Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies is offering its Winter School Feb. 16-19 in Greensboro. This gathering brings together a diverse group of health care and other professionals who care for those with addictions or substance use disorders to study appropriate interventions and modalities and to discuss related matters germane to North Carolina. Learn more and register. The Governor’s Institute is offering scholarships to attend this school. Learn more and apply.


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