ACOEM Member Price: $68.00
Non-Member Price: $90.00
Jeffrey Harris, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOEM
Collaborative for Excellence in Occupational Medicine Formerly Senior Physician, The Permanente Medical Group
Mill Valley, CA
Nothing to disclose
Fraser Gaspar, PhD, MPH
Director of Data Science and Analytics
Nothing to disclose
Kurt Hegmann, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Director, Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environment Health
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
ACOEM/Reed: Honoraria for producing ACOEM Guidelines.; SafeLane Health: Software to improve accuracy and recording of the commercial driver medical exam.
Most opioid abusers reported their first exposure to opioids was through a prescription drug. Physician opioid prescribing patterns have been associated with opioid abuse, reduced quality of life, prolonged disability, and death. In this session, key published literature and original research will be presented to summarize the patient and physician characteristics that are associated with opioid prescribing variability. Patient factors investigated will include the type of injury, comorbidities, and demographics such as age and gender. Physician factors investigated will include the provider’s specialty, attitudes and knowledge of pain management, and the treatment setting. The original research portion of this session will utilize multiple big-data sources of opioid-prescribing patterns including nationwide medical claims, workers' compensation claims, and prescription-drug monitoring program data. The session will conclude with novel policy recommendations aimed at addressing these sources of opioid prescribing variability. Audience members will be asked to participate in the discussion on targeting intervention groups.
1. Describe the published and emerging research on patient and provider characteristics associated with opioid prescribing variability.
2. Compare their personal experiences in pain management with the research findings.
3. Articulate the various health policy recommendations that would target areas to improve opioid prescribing patterns.
Earn up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and/or ABPM LLSA Credits.
This activity expires April 30, 2022.