Practice Management

Letter From the Surgeon General Calls Safe Prescribing Education Advocates to Action

Dear Colleague:

I am asking for your help to solve an urgent health crisis facing America: the opioid epidemic. Everywhere I travel, I see communities devastated by opioid overdoses. I meet families too ashamed to seek treatment for addiction. And I will never forget my own patient whose opioid use disorder began with a course of morphine after a routine procedure.

It is important to recognize that we arrived at this place on a path paved with good intentions. Nearly two decades ago, we were encouraged to be more aggressive about treating pain, often without enough training and support to do so safely. This coincided with heavy marketing of opioids to doctors. Many of us were even taught – incorrectly – that opioids are not addictive when prescribed for legitimate pain.

The results have been devastating. Since 1999, opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled and opioid prescriptions have increased markedly – almost enough for every adult in America to have a bottle of pills. Yet the amount of pain reported by Americans has not changed. Now, nearly 2 million people in America have a prescription opioid use disorder, contributing to increased heroin use and the spread of HIV and hepatitis C.

I know solving this problem will not be easy. We often struggle to balance reducing our patients’ pain with increasing their risk of opioid addiction. But, as clinicians, we have the unique power to help end this epidemic. As cynical as times may seem, the public still looks to our profession for hope during difficult moments. This is one of those times.

That is why I am asking you to pledge your commitment to turn the tide on the opioid crisis. Please take the pledge. Together, we will build a national movement of clinicians to do three things:

First, we will educate ourselves to treat pain safely and effectively. A good place to start is this pocket guide with the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline. Second, we will screen our patients for opioid use disorder and provide or connect them with evidence-based treatment. Third, we can shape how the rest of the country sees addiction by talking about and treating it as a chronic illness, not a moral failing.

Years from now, I want us to look back and know that, in the face of a crisis that threatened our nation, it was our profession that stepped up and led the way. I know we can succeed because health care is more than an occupation to us. It is a calling rooted in empathy, science, and service to humanity. These values unite us. They remain our greatest strength. 

Thank you for your leadership.

Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A

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Worried About MACRA? ACP Has You Covered

With MACRA implementation on its way, here are the ten most important things you must do to be ready for its arrival.

  1. Learn about the "new" Quality Payment Program at Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement MACRA.
  2. Meet CMS objectives for Meaningful Use (MU) of your EHR to qualify for the EHR Incentive Program for 2016.
  3. Understand and participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program for 2016. 
         ACP offers PQRS Wizard with a member discount
  4. Implement a formal quality improvement process to improve your reported PQRS and MU quality measures. Ensure that your care adheres to accepted clinical guidelines.
  5. Review your Quality Resource Use Report (QRUR) for accuracy. Contact CMS if there are problems.

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NYACP Resident and Medical Student Forum

Saturday, November 5, 2016

8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Mount Sinai Medical Center
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY  10029

Program to Include:

  • Resident Poster Competition
  • Medical Student Poster Competition
  • Dr's Dilemma Competition
  • Breakout Sessions on:
    • Smoking Cessation
    • Top Ten Things to Look for in a Contract
  • Networking with peers and colleagues

The Dr's Dilemma Competition is now full. To see the list of teams competing , please go Here.

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