Pain Relief Toolkit

Both the Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA) and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) have addressed the opioid crisis at recent meetings.

Austin orthopaedic surgeon David Ring, MD, PhD presented at TOA’s 2017 Annual Conference: “The Opioid Crisis: The Future Role of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Solving the Crisis.”

Dr. Ring shared a pain relief video at the conference:

AAOS has produced a pain relief toolkit that orthopaedic surgeons may find to be valuable.

In addition, AAOS created a preoperative screening questionnaire.

The Texas Legislature passed legislation in May 2017 that will require orthopaedic surgeons to check the state’s prescription drug monitoring database (PDMP) for controlled substances beginning on September 1, 2019.  TOA expects to work with policymakers on this issue in the months leading up to the 2019 Texas Legislature.


White Paper Uses Claims Database to Examine Opioid Crisis

A new white paper published by FAIR Health relies on its claims database to examine the opioid crisis in select cities, including several Texas cities.  The study examines opioid-related diagnoses.

Regarding Texas, the study found that 66 percent of the claim lines occurred in San Antonio, and an additional 23 percent occurred in Dallas.  Houston represented 4 percent, Fort Worth represented 3 percent, Austin represented 3 percent, and the Dallas suburbs represented 1 percent.

Click here to view the white paper.