Concurrent Commercially Supported Lunch Symposium

Legislation and Litigation: A Moving Target Impacting Patient Care

Policymakers under pressure to pass legislation to address the continuing opioid crisis, and overzealous prosecutors seeking to crack down on inappropriate opioid prescribing sometimes overlook the needs of patients with legitimate pain conditions. In this rapidly changing landscape, it is important that pain practitioners are aware of recent trends in state legislation. By understanding what rules apply to their practice, they can be diligent in their practice of prescribing opioids and other controlled substances, thereby safeguarding appropriate patient access. Adopting such practices will also help to protect their patients from harm, and to shield themselves from criminal, civil, or administrative liability.

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify recent trends in state legislation around opioid prescribing
  • Evaluate the impact of legislation on patient care and professional liability
  • Review cases where opioid prescribers are prosecuted to apply lessons that help them protect their practice from investigation

AAPM provided lunch.

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Activity funded by: Pernix Therapeutics


Michael C. Barnes, Esq
Lynn R. Webster, MD