GLEN ALLEN, Va., March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP) Medical Directors Research Institute announced that Matt Hughes, MD, MPH, Associate Professor Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine University of Utah School of Medicine will present "Comparative Evaluation of Treatment Guidelines for Chronic Opioid Use in Non-Malignant Pain Disorders: Identification of Responsible Opioid Prescribing and Utilization Practices" at 9:30 a.m. on April 15, 2011 at the Spring Managed Care Forum in Orlando, Florida.
This presentation will be based on a literature review project completed by the University of Utah regarding opioid utilization in connection with low back pain. The objective of the project was to define, compare and contrast evidence-based guidelines, recent scientific papers and physician standards of care that focus on the unique aspects of primary care physicians for the utilization of opioid medications for non-malignant pain. These published guidelines were found in the following sources: medical literature, medical specialty societies, state regulatory boards and federal professional credentialing organizations. This research project was sponsored by the Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomics (HOPE) Department at Endo Pharmaceuticals.
The NAMCP Research Institute was established to provide an opportunity for medical directors from purchasers, health plans, and physician provider systems to conduct research or demonstration projects with NAMCP in order to improve patient outcomes. An Executive Leadership Council of medical directors guides the direction of the NAMCP Research Institute, led by Director Mike Rushnak, MD, MPH.
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