Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features public comments that Charles M. Yarborough III, MD, MPH, FACOEM, President of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) recently released on behalf of the organization as a response to a recent FDA hearing on opioid prescribing activity.
Dr. Yarborough noted that the current national dialogue around opioids in treatment provides an example of the tension between process and outcomes, with functional outcomes increasingly seen as the best measure for opioid effectiveness. Dr. Yarborough also noted that many physicians are recording only pain scale responses – one of the major reasons for which is that they are not included in the routine medical record, nor is functional status a required element in the electronic health record (EHR). Among other initiatives, ACOEM is requesting that the FDA petition the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to investigate requiring an element reflecting patient function be added to the EHR.
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