|June 3, 2019
AMA Opioid Task Force Recommendations Offer Roadmap to Policymakers
[from AMA Advocacy Update]
The AMA Opioid Task Force released recommendations
calling on policymakers to eliminate barriers to treatment and to take
additional steps to end the nation's opioid epidemic. The task
force's new recommendations focus on barriers to treatment for
substance use disorder (SUD) and pain and other policies that result in
so few patients receiving care. These include prior authorization,
step therapy and other administrative burdens as well as inadequate
enforcement of state and federal laws that require insurance parity for
mental health and SUDs.
"The original task force recommendations called on physicians to
accept the responsibility to take a leadership role in ending the
epidemic," Dr. Harris said. "Yet, more people are dying each year,
emphasizing the need for policymakers to protect patients' access to
evidence-based care for pain and for opioid use disorder."
The AMA Opioid Task Force is comprised of the American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, and 25 specialty and state medical societies as well as the American Dental Association. Learn more about what the AMA is doing to end the opioid epidemic at end-opioid-epidemic.org.< Previous Article | Next Article >
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