On December 16, NPWH participated in the monthly Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Provider Roundtable. Dr. Debra Houry, Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, spoke about the draft CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines. The guidelines provide suggested direction on a number of topics, including discussing risks and benefits with patients, nonpharmacological therapies, and duration of treatment. The draft guidelines are posted on the federal register and open for public comment from Dec. 14, 2015-Jan. 13, 2016. The CDC is looking for feedback and comments from providers of special populations (e.g. pregnant patients). We encourage to take a look at the draft guidelines and provide comments/feedback. The HHS Pharmaceutical Forum and the open enrollment deadline extension were also discussed during the meeting.
Gay Johnson, NPWH CEO, participated in the 3rd convening of the Urology Care Foundation’s 2015 Overactive Bladder (OAB) Patient Advocacy Roundtable on Tuesday, November 17, in Linthicum, Maryland. The purpose of the roundtable is to bring organizations together to discuss the need for public policy advocacy, general awareness and patient and provider education on behalf of those living with overactive bladder.