Pain management critics call for changes to hospital standards, surveys

Critics have called for changes to the Joint Commission's pain management standards and to the federal government's patient surveys designed to slow the nationwide opioid epidemic, according to the Associated Press. Both foster dangerous prescribing practices by physicians because the system encourages doctors to overprescribe addictive drugs to treat patients' pain, they said. The Joint Commission standards require healthcare organizations to routinely ask every patient to assess their pain and have led to aggressive pain management, critics say. Read the full article at FiercePracticeManagement