For chronic pain management practices, the specter of government officials second guessing or even prosecuting them for prescribing certain narcotics like oxycontin is all too real. As a result, physicians in pain practices all over the country have been charged with crimes, from drug distribution to murder. Even a well-intentioned practitioner can end up sued by patients who claim he hooked them on addictive medications. Some providers view such risks as unacceptable -- and refuse to prescribe ongoing narcotic medications they know their patients need. But that tack leaves many patients in intractable pain and the provider vulnerable to malpractice lawsuits for inadequate pain management.
Luckily there's a way to protect practices from this seemingly no-win situation -- one that allows practitioners to provide best-practice pain management without ending up in a legal lurch. Attorney and compliance expert Vicki Myckowiak will walk you through the steps a pain practice can take to protect itself from government scrutiny and lawsuits. She'll explain in plain language the rules for prescribing narcotics -- and offer must-use tools that mitigate legal risk.
Here's a sampling of what you will learn:
Who should attend: All physicians, physician assistants, licensed nurses and practice managers involved in a pain management practice that includes narcotic medications.
Your registration includes:
Vicki Myckowiak is a principal of MYCKOWIAK ASSOCIATES, P.C. She is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and The National Law Center at George Washington University. Myckowiak is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association and the Michigan Society of Healthcare Attorneys.