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December 19, 2017

North Carolina doctors see jump in opioid-related payments

Triad Business Journal

The state of North Carolina saw an estimated 1,194 deaths from opioid-related overdoses in 2016, leading to a measurable effect on the medical community. North Carolina stood out as one of the few states to experience non-research related opioid payments to doctors and teaching hospitals increases in 2016, while such payments declined by 34 percent nationally.

In an article published by the Triad Business Journal, Raleigh partner Patricia Markus discusses the opioid epidemic in North Carolina and the reasons for the change. “The greater scrutiny has forced doctors, hospitals, and health clinics to re-examine how they treat chronic pain,” said Markus, who represents healthcare providers on regulatory compliance and reimbursement issues.

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