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https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/Home:Tools You Can Use:Topics:Opioids:General<p>​​<a href="https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsForPainInitiative"><img src="https://www.pamedsoc.org/PublishingImages/besmartbesafe.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></a>Prescription opioid medications serve an effective role in pain management, but growing abuse of these drugs has reached epidemic proportions in Pennsylvania. To fight back, the Pennsylvania Medical Society Launched a public health program called <a href="https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsForPainInitiative"><span style="color:red;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Opioids for Pain: Be smart. Be safe. Be sure</span></span></a>. that includes <a href="https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsPainPhysicianActions"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">five things physicians should do to combat opioid abuse</font></span></a>.</p>



https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidDisasterEmergencyGovernor Declares Pennsylvania’s Opioid Crisis a Disaster Emergency<p>​On Jan. 10, 2018, Governor Wolf proclaimed a state of emergency to help battle Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis. Numerous state agencies will collaborate to administer 13 key initiatives. Here's what to expect.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PDMPQueryingHere Are the Current PA PDMP Querying Requirements for Prescribers<p>​Here's a quick overview of Pennsylvania's PDMP querying requirements for prescribers. <br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/AetnaOpioidsPoliciesNew Aetna Opioids Policies to Take Effect on Jan. 1, 2018<p>​Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Aetna will be limiting the quantity of opioids prescribed for acute pain and post-surgery to a seven-day supply for its commercial pharmacy members.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PDMPInterstateQueryingUpdatePa. Prescribers’ Responsibilities When Querying PDMP Across State Lines<p>​Ever since the Pa. PDMP began offering interstate data sharing, PAMED members have been asking what responsibility prescribers have when accessing out-of-state systems that do not allow delegates to access those systems. Here is a clarification.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/PartDOpioidsCMS Proposed Rule Would Limit Access to Opioids for Some Medicare Beneficiaries<p>​On Nov. 16, 2017, CMS issued a proposed rule which outlines a framework for enabling Medicare Part D sponsors to implement a drug management program limiting at-risk beneficiaries’ access to controlled substances.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/NaloxoneKits60,000 Naloxone Kits to Be Distributed to Pa. First Responders <p>​Several Pennsylvania state agencies are collaborating to make approximately 60,000 intranasal naloxone kits available to the state’s 67 counties during a two-year period. The first distribution of kits could occur as early as November 2017. <br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/EHRIntegrationHow to Integrate Your EHR with the Pa. Prescription Drug Monitoring Program<p>​Pennsylvania is moving forward with plans to integrate the Pa. Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) with electronic health records (EHRs) and pharmacy systems. Here's how to apply for EHR integration.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsPBMsNational Trend: Pharmacy Benefit Managers Setting Limits on Opioid Prescriptions <p>Here’s a look at new opioid management strategies from three major U.S. pharmacy benefit managers.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/OtherStatesPDMPPDMP Crosswalks by State​Now that the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) shares data with 11 other states and D.C., see some of the different rules from the states that border the commonwealth.Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PDMPAug312017State Holds Press Conference to Discuss PDMP Successes and Next Steps: Integration with EHRs Coming Soon <p>On Aug. 31, 2017, shortly after the PA Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA-PDMP) celebrated its one-year anniversary and on International Overdose Awareness Day, the state held a press conference to talk about the PDMP’s impact on the opioid abuse crisis and the program's next steps.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/DeterraInitiativePrescription Drug Disposal Initiative to Launch in 12 Pa. Counties Hard-Hit by Opioid Abuse <p><span>Patients in Pa. communities hard-hit by the opioid abuse crisis – and without easy access to drug take-back boxes – will soon have a way to dispose of Schedule II narcotics. A new drug disposal initiative </span>is being led by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and supported by stakeholder groups, including PAMED.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PMPInterconnectSearchHow to Use the PA PDMP to Search for Patients in Other States <p>A Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) feature allows users to search for patients across state lines. Here's how to use it.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/IBXOpioidPoliciesIndependence Blue Cross Updates Opioid Prescribing Policies, Including Prior Authorization<p>​Effective July 1, 2017, insurer Independence Blue Cross will limit initial opioid prescriptions to five days and require preauthorization if additional days’ supply is needed. </p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PDMPVerificationNew Verification Requirement for Pa. Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Users<p>​Pennsylvania's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Office has updated its verification requirements for PDMP users. </p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PDMPUpdateApril2017The Latest on PA PDMP Querying Rules, New Opioids Education Requirements, and More<p>Here are some noteworthy details from DOH's response to PAMED's letter on the PA Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/WarmHandoffProtocolWarm Handoff Protocol Outlines Steps for Helping Overdose Patients<p>​Pennsylvania has a new warm handoff protocol for emergency physicians and other clinicians who treat overdose survivors and patients at risk for substance use disorder. </p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PDMPQueryingRequirementsVideo: New Querying Requirements for PA PDMP<p>Robin Rothermel, Senior Director of Physician Support at PAMED, talks with Michael Siget, JD, PAMED’s Legislative & Regulatory Counsel, regarding PAMED member questions on Pennsylvania’s new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/MAMedicationRulesPa. Updates Medicaid's Medication Rules in Effort to Address Opioid Abuse <p>On March 6, 2017, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced changes to the medication rules for the state’s Medicaid program. He said the changes are part of Pennsylvania’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid abuse crisis. </p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/Act125UpdatePa.’s Law on Prescribing Opioids to Minors: An Important Update for Prescribers<p>​Pennsylvania’s law on prescribing opioids to minors—Act 125 of 2016—was signed into law by Gov. Wolf on Nov. 2, 2016. Pennsylvania’s state licensing boards were required to create the consent form that prescribers need in order to fully comply with the law, and that consent form is now available online.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/OpioidPrescriptionReimbursementsStatement: A Good Sign on Opioid Front<p>​​​One Pennsylvania health insurance company announced that reimbursements for opioid prescriptions has decreased, signaling fewer opioid prescriptions are being written. Pennsylvania Medical Society 2017 President Charles Cutler MD reacts in this statement.</p>Media Professionals;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PDMPpasswordHow Often Are You Required to Change Your PA PDMP Password? <p>​Physicians and others who are registered with Pennsylvania's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program are currently required to change their password every three months.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PDMPPendingPA PDMP Registrations with a “Pending” Status: An Update for Prescribers and Dispensers<p>​The Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring (PDMP) team has confirmed that email correspondence is being sent to prescribers and dispensers whose PDMP applications are stuck in a "pending" status.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsBillsOct2016Gov. Wolf Signs Opioids Legislation into Law on Nov. 2—What Should Physicians Know? <p>​On Nov. 2, 2016, Gov. Wolf signed a package of opioids legislation designed to further address the commonwealth's opioid abuse crisis.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/BenzodiazepinesFDA Announces ‘Black Box’ Warnings on Risks of Combining Opioids and Benzodiazepines <p class="MsoNormal">On Aug. 31, 2016, the FDA announced that it is requiring boxed warnings (also known as "black box warnings") about the dangers associated with the combined use of certain opioid medications and benzodiazepines.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/COEAug2016Pa. Announces 25 Additional “Centers of Excellence” Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Centers<p>​Pennsylvania continues to take steps in its fight against opioid abuse. Here's a look at a few noteworthy recent developments concering the opioid abuse crisis that impact the commonwealth.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/guidelines/DownloadPAOpioidGuidelinesPennsylvania Opioid Prescribing Guidelines<p>​PAMED and other key stakeholders developed voluntary prescribing guidelines in 2014 for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain and the emergency department.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsPainPhysicianActions5 Steps Physicians Can Take to Fight Opioid Abuse Crisis<p>​Learn five ways physicians can take the lead in addressing opioid abuse and misuse with their patients. PAMED has also created printable tear-off sheets and waiting room posters for physicians to use.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsSymposium2016PA Physicians Discuss Addiction Treatment, PDMPs, and Alternative Treatment Options for Chronic Pain at Opioids Symposium<p><span style="line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><span style="line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">PAMED held an Opioid Symposium in May 2016, which included updates on naloxone, the state's PDMP, and addiction treatment strategies.</span></span></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidResourcesOpioid Abuse Resource Center<p>​PAMED, in collaboration with other stakeholders, has developed several resources to help Pennsylvania physicians combat the growing opioid abuse epidemic.</p>Physicians;#Residents/Fellows;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/guidelines/Opioid Prescribing Guidelines CDCCDC Releases Voluntary Opioid Prescribing GuidelinesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its “Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain” on March 15, 2016. The final guideline, which is voluntary, includes 12 recommendations and is intended for use by primary care clinicians in outpatient settings who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment and palliative care.Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsPainLawmakersLawmakers: Help Educate and Protect the Citizens in Your Legislative District From Opioid Abuse<p>Legislators can educate citizens in their district with these posters and ready-made stories/images for inclusion in their newsletter, website and social media pages.</p>Legislators;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsForPainPatients7 Questions to Ask Your Physician About Opioids<p>​Patients need to work with their physicians to be smart, safe and sure about their opioid use. PAMED resources include seven questions patients should ask their physician as well as a list of where they can drop off unused medications.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsForPainInitiativeOpioids for Pain: Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Sure.<p>​To fight opioid abuse in Pennsylvania, PAMED has created a public advocacy program called: Opioids for Pain: Be smart. Be safe. Be sure.</p>Physicians;#Media Professionals;#Legislators;#