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Updated 3/31/2016

AACOM Government Relations Staff Attends Politico Briefing on Opioid Abuse Epidemic

On March 31 2016, AACOM Government Relations staff attended “Changing the Culture of Prescribing Opioids”, a briefing hosted by Politico in Washington, DC. The panel discussion featured the following speakers: Anshu Choudhri, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association; Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone, Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Cynthia Reilly, The Pew Charitable Trusts; and Dr. Bob Twillman, American Academy of Pain Management.  Panelists discussed the changing role of physicians in pain management and medical education, the need for increased data sharing, integration of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program into electronic health records, and increased education on pain management as a strategy to combat the opioid abuse epidemic.

As part of AACOM’s commitment to combating the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, and Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean and Chief Academic Officer H. William Craver III, DO, were invited as guests of the White House to attend the National Rx Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, GA on March 29, in honor of the Administration’s recently-announced pledge on opioid prescription education. 28 U.S. colleges of osteopathic medicine have pledged to join other medical schools across the nation in support of the White House’s initiative on chronic pain opioid prescription education. Beginning in fall 2016, these schools will require all students to take some form of prescriber education in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. For more information, view AACOM’s press release.

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