Recently, four Central Indiana physicians were arrested for allegedly providing Suboxone, a synthetic heroin, to thousands of patients over a three-year period. According to investigators, the physicians wrote an estimated 28,000 prescriptions without first performing any medical or mental exams.
This case is a good reminder that the Indiana Attorney General and the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana (MLB) expect doctors to engage in safe and responsible clinical and administrative practices. This includes oversight of physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
During convention, the ISMA offers an educational opportunity to help you manage addicted patients, while complying with the new MLB Prescribing Rules.
The seminar, Pain and Addiction, will address:
- How to identify an addicted patient
- Where to send patients for further evaluation
- How to care for the addicted patient, including a management plan and prescribing guidelines
- Where to find additional resources
Plan now to attend this session, Friday, Sept. 5, from 4:15-5:15 p.m. at the Westin Hotel, downtown Indianapolis. Find details here.
The ISMA is partnering with the Indiana Attorney General in hosting the fifth annual Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium: Reversing the Tide. The educational opportunity will be held Oct. 16-17 at the Westin Hotel, downtown Indianapolis and offers continuing medical education credit. Watch ISMA Reports for details.
Also, the ISMA offers three webinars to help you learn more about managing patients with chronic pain, while staying within the MLB guidelines.
The online sessions include:
- Controlled Substance Prescribing and New Indiana Rules Responsible Prescribing
- Responsible Pain Management Prescribing: Strategies for Everyday Practice
- Controlled Substance Prescribing and New Indiana Rules Responsible Prescribing - Redefining the Standards of Care
Each webinar provides continuing medical education credit. Find them on the ISMA education page.
Read about the MLB prescribing guidelines at in.gov.
The ISMA offers additional resources, including the MLB guidelines here.