Target Audience: Physicians, dentists, and mid-level providers with prescribing authority. Other interested healthcare professionals are also welcome to participate.
Original Release Date: April 4, 2008
Review Date: March 18, 2017
Description: Prescribing Controlled Substances has increased dramatically over the past two decades. Along with it, there has been an increase in patient mortality and medical malpractice claims. Prescribing controlled substances presents a conundrum for physicians and practitioners: adequately treating patients for pain and other problems while avoiding the hazards to practitioner and patient alike from inappropriate prescribing. This Internet presentation presents the risks and the means to reduce risk in prescribing controlled substances.
Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion, participants should be able to:
1. State common malpractice allegations associated with prescribing Controlled Substances
2. Cite key elements to include in a patient-physician medication agreement, and state where to find a sample agreement for adaptation to your practice
3. Describe Best Practices for reducing risk in prescribing Controlled Substances as they relate to your clinical setting
Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 4 out of 5 correct answers.
Estimated time to complete activity:1 hour
Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit.
CME Information - Read
Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.
CME Credit: 1.0
Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Florida - This activity includes content in Preventing Medical Errors
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility
California - Pain management
Rhode Island - Pain management
Tennessee - Appropriate prescribing
West Virginia - Pain management
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Disclosure: The speaker, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
About the Speaker: Karl N. Hanson, MD, FAAFP, LAMMICO Risk Management Physician Consultant - Read full bio
Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Manager of Risk Management
Editor: Ruth Ryan RN, BSN, MSW, CPHRM, LAMMICO Risk Management Education Specialist
Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read
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Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education. It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care. Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient. The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2011
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