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Coming Soon: Resources for Opioid Users
With so many changes to healthcare following the opioid crackdown, practicing medicine can feel a bit overwhelming. It may feel like you now have additional eyes staring at your practice with a fine lens, making sure you’re following all the new protocols expected of a physician in New Jersey. With such pressure, it could feel difficult to manage and help patients with opioid addictions. Luckily, the State of New Jersey Department of Human Services has presented a number of programs to aid in the prevention, support and recovery of opioid users. 
The 5 W's of the Mandatory New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program
You might be thinking "It won't ever happen to me." But, it's not just the sensational cases of drug diversion or “pill mills”  that is getting the attention of the NJ Board of Medical Examiners.  Did you know that a New Jersey physician was recently disciplined for not querying the NJPMP database as required on all patients for whom Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) were prescribed for pain?
Cecal Images During Colonoscopy:  To Photograph or Not to Photograph?
Failure to diagnose colon cancer due to failure to reach the cecum for colonoscopy completion is a frequent allegation in gastroenterology claims.  Here are the highlights of a claim that illustrate what can happen when there are no photographic images as evidence that cecal intubation was successfully achieved. 
New Jersey Surgeons: July 1, 2017 Start of Government Research Study about Coding
Several years ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a dismantling of the coding system for surgeries. Congress stepped in to block the change, but allowed CMS to study the non-surgical activity that occurs during global periods. That research study began on July 1, 2017, encompassing post-operative encounters only. 
Failing to comply with the new opioid regulations
Prescription opioids can be powerful tools for managing patients with pain: but when misused, both patients and medical professionals can suffer the consequences. Because of this, the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain recommends that, in general, opioids should not be considered the first line of treatment for chronic pain. 
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