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MEB Opioid Prescribing Guidelines now online

The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board’s (MEB) Opioid Prescribing Guidelines are now available online. The MEB approved the best practice guidelines at its monthly meeting in July.

“These guidelines are a critical step for the medical community in Wisconsin, which has been helping lead nationwide efforts to end prescription drug abuse,” said Wisconsin Attorney Brad Schimel in this statement released Tuesday. “Law enforcement, the medical community, educators, parents, and employers can play a crucial role in curbing the number of prescription opioids diverted and abused. Wisconsin’s heroin and prescription opioid abuse epidemic will only be resolved if all hands are on deck.”

The guidelines are a result of Wisconsin State Assembly Rep. John Nygren’s HOPE legislative package; 2015 Act 269 granted the MEB authority to post the guidelines, which are inspired by those already in place from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state’s Worker’s Compensation program. And while it is not a mandatory practice parameter, the guidelines are expected to assist physicians with making more informed decisions about their prescribing practices.

At its meeting next month, the MEB is expected to finalize new continuing medical education (CME) rules that will eventually require physicians to include coursework on the new guidelines as part of their 30 hours per biennium requirement.

For more information about the anticipated rules, see this July 21 Medigram article, or e-mail Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government and Legal Affairs department.

In response to growing concern for the opioid abuse epidemic and the likely prescribing-related CME mandate, the Society’s Opioid Task Force developed a webinar series aimed at improving opioid prescribing. The first five webinars, which were held this spring, are now available on demand, and five more will be available this month. Each webinar has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Click here to learn more.

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