Under the broad definition of this new rule, an individual can exercise their own moral convictions in emergency situations.
A new era of conservative values are spilling over at a federal and state level, some of which role back laws and precedence which have been in effect for the last sixty years. But they do more than that, some changes like the new HHS ruling for healthcare providers which add the “moral consciousness” clause, give wide latitude to individuals to act out their bias, prejudices and bigotry in ways that haven’t existed since the 1800’s
When I step back and look, I see different groups acting independently of each other but each trying to maximize profits or simplify their lives naively thinking it’s someone else’s responsibility for patient safety
According to the Mayo Clinic a leader in developing programs to detect diversion in hospitals and clinics, as many as 15% of healthcare workers were diverting controlled substance in 2011.
This post is about educating patients on how to spot a dangerous situation before they get in too deep or too dependent on a prescriber whose intent is to exploit them for reasons other than providing honest and compassionate medical care
This is an edited copy of the June 2018 Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network, Surveillance of Drug Abuse Trends in the State of Ohio. Specifically edited for this post and as information source for Chronic Pain Patients
The bias and prejudice in government, public health and media regarding what are acceptable limits for alcohol, opiate abuse and addiction.
AKA letter to CDC on Kratom reads like déjà vu when compared to claims made about prescription opiates
A recent letter from the American Kratom Association (AKA) in response to a report issued by the CDC on Kratom being detected by medical examiners and coroners, reads like déjà vu when comparing it point by point to claims made about the role of prescription opiates in the drug overdose crisis
With the failure of a comprehensive set of laws protecting patients, accessing healthcare is growing increasingly difficult and expensive.
A patient bill of rights would be a list of guarantees for those receiving medical care. It could take the form of laws or non-binding declarations. Usually a patient bill of rights would guarantee patient information privacy, protection from unscrupulous providers, the exclusion of government interference in individual medical decisions and patient autonomy over individual medical decisions.