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Medical Examining Board discusses tweak to Opioid Prescribing Guideline

The State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) is proposing a small change to one part of its Opioid Prescribing Guideline. At its monthly meeting in Madison on Wednesday, the MEB discussed reports that some health care entities have been interpreting section 13 (b) of the guideline as a list of mandated activities physicians should use when making an ongoing assessment of a patient’s risk of becoming addicted to opioids, and therefore requiring pill counts. To help clarify intent that pill counts need not always be conducted, the MEB is considering altering the pill count language to read, “Periodic pill counts may also be considered for high risk patients.”

This potential change could be ratified as soon as the next MEB meeting in September. The Society will update members with any changes to this or other sections of the MEB prescribing guideline. Contact Society staff Mark Grapentine, JD, or John Rather, JD, for more information.

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