Health Officials Disappointed With Urgent Care Clinic’s Amount Of Engagement In Opioid Battle
"The concern is, where do these doctor-shopping patients go next?" Dr. Joel Hyatt says. "One of those places is often urgent care clinics."
LA County's Urgent Care Clinics Slow To Adopt Opioid Guidelines
Amid a national epidemic of prescription opioid abuse, urgent care clinics in Los Angeles County have been slow to adopt guidelines designed to combat over-prescription and abuse of the powerful pain medications. Last summer, officials with the L.A. County Department of Public Health announced that 80 urgent care clinics had adopted the guidelines. Despite a campaign to increase that number, only 11 more clinics signed on over the past year, according to Dr. Joel Hyatt, one of the leaders of the effort, a collaboration of the county, health insurers and medical providers called Safe Med LA. (Plevin, 6/26)
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Lawsuit: HR Exec Worried Cancer Survivor Had 'Chemo Brain'
An associate vice president in the human resources department at San Francisco State University told faculty she worried that an employee of the college recovering from cancer had “chemo brain,” according to a lawsuit filed last month... A statement from the university’s lawyer said the school is fighting the claims. (Deruy ,6/26)