Medication Management


Feb 08, 2019
Guide to Navigating the Opioid Epidemic
Learn when to prescribe opioids—and how to prescribe them safely—in this guide. It also highlights startling facts about the opioid crisis, contributing factors to opioid-related malpractice claims, thoughtful responses for difficult patient conversations, and case studies.

Nov 16, 2018
Opioid Addiction in Pregnant Women and Moms: How to Make a Difference
Hannah Snyder, MD, and Christine Pecci, MD
Treating pregnant women and mothers with opioid addiction calls for a well-informed approach to patient safety.

Video Oct 31, 2018
Threat of Global Epidemics: Surgeon General Speaks
There is a growing threat of global epidemics, including Ebola and Zika, and U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, is working to address this threat and promote health through better community partnerships. He made his comments to attendees at The Doctors Company's 2018 Executive Advisory Board meeting.

Video Oct 31, 2018
Surgeon General's Priority: Partnering for Public Health
Community health and economic prosperity are connected, and healthcare professionals can partner with the business community to improve public health. This priority for public health was shared by U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, with attendees at The Doctors Company's 2018 Executive Advisory Board meeting.

Video Oct 31, 2018
Fighting the Opioid Epidemic: Progress Report from Surgeon General
Programs for combatting the opioid epidemic, reducing overdose rates, and addressing other addiction epidemic issues (including heroin and fentanyl) are explored by U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH. His comments were made to attendees at The Doctors Company's 2018 Executive Advisory Board meeting.

Video Oct 31, 2018
Surgeon General's Strategies for the Opioid Epidemic
U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, detailed some of the strategies, plans, and programs that can be effective in combating today's opioid epidemic when addressing attendees at The Doctors Company's 2018 Executive Advisory Board meeting. Topics include prescription drug monitoring programs, reasonable alternatives to opioids for acute and chronic pain management, medication-assisted treatment for those in recovery, and co-prescribing naloxone for those at risk of opioid overdose.

Video Oct 31, 2018
Surgeon General Addresses E-Cigarettes and Vaping
Vaping and e-cigarettes present a significant healthcare challenge for physicians today. U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, addresses this issue and the fact that young people are susceptible to developmental delays and effects on the brain from vaping and e-cigarettes, which prime them for addiction up to age 26. His comments were made to attendees at The Doctors Company's 2018 Executive Advisory Board meeting.

Video Oct 31, 2018
Naloxone to Fight the Opioid Epidemic: Surgeon General's Perspective
Co-prescribing naloxone can help turn around opioid overdose rates and is an important first step in fighting the opioid epidemic, says U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH. His comments were made to attendees at The Doctors Company's 2018 Executive Advisory Board meeting.

Oct 30, 2018
U.S. Surgeon General Discusses Public Health Issues
United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, discusses how vaping and e-cigarettes present a significant healthcare challenge for physicians, as well as how changes in healthcare payment models are increasing the focus on public health.

Oct 30, 2018
U.S. Surgeon General Discusses the Opioid Epidemic
United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, discusses the opioid epidemic’s huge impact and strategies to combat it, including prescription drug monitoring programs, medication-assisted treatment for those in recovery, and co-prescribing naloxone for those who are at risk of opioid overdose.

Oct 01, 2018
Virtual Reality for Pain Management: An Alternative to Opioids
Miranda Felde, MHA, CPHRM, Vice President, Patient Safety and Risk Management
Many physicians are exploring virtual reality (VR) technologies as an alternative to opioid prescriptions. VR addresses both attention paid to pain and the patient’s emotional state: The immersive distraction of VR can help a patient mentally transport to another space, such as an underwater seascape, which may also positively affect the patient’s emotional state.

May 21, 2018
Safe Disposal of Unused Medications
Improper disposal of both prescribed and over-the-counter medications is an environmental concern—and a potential liability issue if the medicines are taken by others and then cause harm.

Professional Education
The Alzheimer's Project
The goal of this five-part series is to educate clinicians on standardized screening, evaluation, and management of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The Doctors Company is pleased to support Champions for Health in training primary care physicians and other healthcare practitioners to diagnose and care for patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Up to 7.5 Credits

Professional Education
Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing: Georgia Edition
This three-hour learning activity provides instruction on controlled substance prescribing guidelines, recognizing signs of abuse or misuse of controlled substances, and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management, as delineated in Georgia Rule 360-15-.01. It also provides tools and resources to assist in educating staff and informing patients.
3.0 Credits

Video Jul 24, 2017
The Opioid Epidemic: A Closed Claims Analysis
Opioids play an important role in pain management—both in the acute and chronic settings. Unfortunately, the dramatic increase in opioid use over the past few decades has resulted in an opioid-related epidemic of addiction and death. To take a deeper look at the epidemic, The Doctors Company reviewed 272 malpractice claims in which patient harm involved opioids.

Jun 06, 2017
Prescribing Opioids Safely
Howard Marcus, MD, FACP
Dr. Howard Marcus discusses guidelines and recommendations for preventing opioid misuse and addiction in patients with acute or chronic pain.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Apr 17, 2017
Prescribing Opioids Safely: How to Have Difficult Patient Conversations
Roneet Lev, MD, Chief of Scripps Mercy Emergency Department, Chair of Prescription Drug Abuse Medical Task Force, and President of Independent Emergency Physicians Consortium
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and opioids account for over 60 percent of those deaths. Building a strong doctor-patient rapport can help facilitate tough conversations with patients about opioid prescriptions and reduce risks that could lead to malpractice suits.

Mar 16, 2017
San Diego Death Diaries
Roneet Lev, MD
Dr. Roneet Lev provides insights into the prescription opioid abuse epidemic.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Mar 16, 2017
Analysis of Medication-Related Claims from The Doctors Company
David B. Troxel, MD, Medical Director, Board of Governors
Dr. David Troxel reviews 1,770 closed by The Doctors Company in which patient harm involved medication factors.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

May 23, 2016
Know Your Source: Protect Your Patients and Your Practice from Unsafe Medications
Susan Marr, MSA, LHRM, CPHRM, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company
There is a growing network of rogue wholesale drug distributors selling potentially unsafe drugs in the U.S. market. To combat this threat, the FDA has launched the Know Your Source campaign to ensure physicians are aware of the problem and to help them play their part in protecting the integrity of the U.S. drug supply chain.

Video May 12, 2016
How Do Pharmaceutical Costs Impact Physicians?
Although physicians have been concerned about the cost pharmaceuticals in the past, it has never directly impacted providers individually. However, with the rising cost of pharmaceuticals—which are currently increasing at double the healthcare rate—physicians must consider the cost to patients when they are prescribing medication.

Dec 01, 2015
In-Office Dispensing
Susan L. Marr, MSA, CPHRM, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, and Debbie Hill, MBA, LHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II.
In-office dispensing saves the patient time and increases convenience, as well as reduces pharmacy call backs and provides additional revenue for the practice.

Sep 22, 2015
Are Your Prescribing Practices Secure?
Prescription theft and abuse is a real and growing problem, making it imperative for physicians to protect themselves and their practices.

Jan 01, 2015
Off-Label Use: Patient Safety and Risk Management Implications
Kim Hathaway, MSN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, and Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company.
The standard for appropriate off-label use of medications and other products is what other similarly trained physicians would do, not what the manufacturer of the medication or product recommends.

Mar 01, 2014
Globalization and Counterfeit Drugs
Thomas T. Kubic, Treasurer, Partnership for Safe Medicines, and Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Director, Patient Safety Education, The Doctors Company
Protect yourself and your patients from the consequences of receiving or distributing non-FDA-approved drug products.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Feb 20, 2013
When Prescribing Drugs, a Physician Has a Duty to Warn Patients
The prescribing physician, not the drug manufacturer, has the responsibility or "duty to warn" a patient of a prescription drug's side effects.

Jun 26, 2012
Effective Informed Consent—Fostering a Dialogue
Effective informed consent requires a dialogue with the patient wherein they feel comfortable fully participating by asking clarifying questions and offering personal concerns.

Sep 01, 2011
Medication Safety
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Director, Patient Safety Education.
Medication safety is a critical component of safe patient care, whether it is general medication knowledge or a provider's awareness of all medications that a patient is taking.

Jun 22, 2010
Dilaudid-Related Morbidity and Mortality from Respiratory Depression
Howard Marcus, MD, FACP, a general internist in Austin, Texas, and chairman of The Doctors Company Physician Advisory Board in Texas.
Patient safety organizations and the FDA are focusing on ways to reduce patient harm from opioids.

Jun 02, 2010
Sample Medications
Physicians have the same duty of care to patients receiving samples as they do to patients being given prescriptions.

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