Letters to CMS and the Joint Commission Requesting Roll Back of Pain Assessment Requirements That Foster Dangerous Overprescribing of Opioids

View the letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

View the letter to The Joint Commission

In an effort to reduce overprescribing of opioid pain relievers, dozens of health care organizations, medical experts and consumer advocacy groups – including Public Citizen – sent petitions today to the Joint Commission, an agency that accredits health care organizations, and to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Petition signers are requesting changes to requirements for assessing patients’ pain that they believe foster dangerous opioid analgesic prescribing practices.