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THINGS TO THINK ABOUT AS YOU CONTEMPLATE RUNNING A PAIN MANAGEMENT PRACTICE DURING THE COVID-19 PHE

Date: March 22, 2020
Source: The J. Bolen Group

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT AS YOU CONTEMPLATE RUNNING A PAIN MANAGEMENT PRACTICE DURING THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY - UPDATED 3/23/2020 to reflect additional State Government Orders

By Jen Bolen, JD

This is not a formal article. I may turn it into one later. The purpose of the items listed below is to keep a running list of things you may want to consider as you navigate the COVID-19 PHE in your medical practice. One thing is sure, each of us will make mistakes. Regardless, the important thing is to support your decisions with a good faith effort to take steps that (a) conserve medical resources, like emergency department resources and personal protection equipment, (b) keep people safe - you, your staff, and your patients, and (c) reflect your intent to balance all of these interests as you determine whether to prescribe controlled medication via telemedicine or to have a patient come in to undergo an interventional procedure in order to keep them out of the emergency department.

I cannot keep up with all the changing edicts and rules in the various states. No one can. Thus, I cannot tell you to keep your practice open or to see or not see patients during the COVID-19 PHE. It's also important to understand that there are no known best practices for: 

(a) evaluating whether it is appropriate to perform pain management procedures during a public health emergency requiring self or state/community imposed full or partial quarentines;

(b) deciding whether to prescribe controlled medications to new patients by telemedicine, or

(c) whether to see patients in person during the period of the PHE.

LINK TO THE UPDATED ARTICLE - 3/23/2020 (will be added by 10pm ET on 3/23/2020).

 

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