The highly anticipated meeting in Oregon to consider a policy of forcing some Oregon Medicaid pain patients using opioids surprised.
The head of the Oregon Health Authority canceled today's assessment in the light of potential conflicts of interest of staff.
DR. Catherine livingston is a family medicine doctor who acts as a contract doctor consultant to the Health Evidence Review Commission (herc). In addition, she is a researcher in two studies evaluating the impact of HERC's previous decision to extend pain management coverage for people suffering from back pain.
"It is essential for the Oregon Health Plan to cover safe and effective treatments to help people reduce and manage chronic pain. Still, it is crucial that Oregonians have full confidence in the decisions made by HERC to assess effectiveness of health care procedures, says OHA director Patrick Allen in a statement published in this press release published Thursday,
. Livingstone's potential conflict was uncovered by a chronic pain activist who has fought for the HERC's attempt to force "We are pleased that OHA takes time to investigate possible conflicts between staff, consultants and Commissioners," said Amara M., who prefers that we do not use her surname. "We believe that There are other possible conflicts. "
The HERC proposal has received courageous criticism from providers treating chronic pain throughout the country and for so long As last week, the Commission received a letter from Stanford's Sean Mackey and other pain leaders who wrote:
"We continue to have serious concerns with the primary objective of the current proposal, namely its call for non-consensual enforcement of prescription opioid analgesics in a broad patient group. "
Sean Mackey, MD, Ph.D., is head of the Division of Pain Medicine and Redlich Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Neuroscience and Neurology at Stanford University. He is former president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
For chronic peacemakers in Oregon, today's delay allows them to continue working to educate HERC members and the public about what the advocates believe will cause real harm to chronic pain patients.
"Perhaps they can take time to read Dr. Mackey's letter and other messages from people who treat chronic pain about what a terrible bad idea is forced to opioidly bind," says Amara M.