Review | Veterans’ health-care gap creates ‘greater risk’ for opioid abuse

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The lack of coordination and differing clinical standards among Veterans Affairs and non-Veterans Affairs community providers can be deadly. Veterans receiving opioid prescriptions from private clinics “may be at greater risk for overdose and other harm because medication information is not being consistently shared,” Inspector General Michael J. Missal said when the report was released Tuesday. “That has to change. Health-care providers serving veterans should be following consistent guidelines for prescribing opioids and sharing information that ensures quality care for high-risk veterans.”

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CHOICE program presents new problems for prescribing docs and their patient Lack of coordination between private and Veterans Affairs doctors becomes increasingly deadly for veterans.



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