AMA Patients' Action Network
Started 2 petitions
America’s opioid abuse epidemic is killing thousands every year - help us stop it!
Opioid misuse, addiction, overdose and death have become an epidemic in America. In fact, over the past 15 years, the nation's opioid epidemic has claimed more than 250,000 lives, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the last year alone, nearly 30,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses. Physicians have stepped up as leaders in preventing and reducing misuse, addiction, overdose and death from prescription drugs. They understand that the opioid epidemic is complex and that a multi-pronged approach is needed. Congress has only recently turned its attention to this most urgent issue by passing some initial reforms that would expand physician office-based treatment of opioid use disorders. While this is an encouraging first step, lawmakers have much more work to do to ensure the safety of families across the country. Specifically, Congress must pass and fully fund additional measures that increase coverage for—and access to—comprehensive treatment for opioid use disorder (e.g., medication-assisted treatment and increased access to overdose prevention measures). These basic reforms are absolutely critical to seriously addressing the opioid crisis that continues to plague our country. We are needlessly losing thousands of people to a preventable epidemic. Make your voice heard in our nation’s capital – urge your legislators to take action today!
Doctors spend more time at their computers and less time with patients – Act now!
Medicare’s so-called “meaningful use” (MU) regulations for physicians are well intended, but actually are interfering in many ways with the patient-physician relationship. The MU requirements are long and complicated, but fail to ensure that patients and physicians can readily access care information. Important patient data that was once at the physicians’ fingertips is much harder to find. With 100 clicks of a mouse per patient, physicians are spending more time complying with the regulations and less time on patient care. There is still time to reform and streamline this regulatory process, making meaningful use requirements work for both patients and doctors alike. However, our elected officials in Washington need to act fast. It’s time to modernize the meaningful use program by providing greater flexibility for physicians to submit data. By ensuring that the electronic health record systems are more efficient and up to date, we’re also allowing them to communicate with one another. Make your voice heard in our nation’s capital – it’s time to break the red tape and stop regulations from interfering with the doctor-patient relationship. Let’s let doctors be doctors (and not bean counters!)