CDC Letter Clarifies Opioid Guidance

PUBLISHED: Apr 15, 2019
Relevant to: All Healthcare Organizations

In a letter responding to concerns raised by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is clarifying its Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

According to the CDC:

“The Guideline is not intended to deny any patents who suffer with chronic pain from opioid therapy as an option for pain management…Clinical decision-making should be based on the relationship between the clinician and patient, with an understanding of the patient’s clinical situation, functioning, and life context, as well as a careful consideration of the benefits and risks of all treatment options, including opioid therapy. CDC encourages physicians to continue to use their clinical judgement and base treatment on what they know about thier patients, including the use of opioids if determined to be the vest course of treatment.”

The CDC offers resources for physicians including:

Included with today’s notice are example policies that address opioid prescribing.

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