October 28th, Medhat Migeed, MD, a psychiatrist with Arbour Health System, was on a panel, “Why Opioid Management Matters: Behavioral Health” for CeltiCare Health’s day-long Alternatives to Opioids Summit at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.

The summit’s promoted objective was to bring together “primary care prescribers and others who provide treatment, who utilize non-opioid approaches, to discuss the barriers to accomplishing this collaboration, identify best practice alternatives to ‘opioids as a default’ and engage key public officials.”

According to Karen Weinberg, Director of Cenpatico Behavioral Health, CeltiCare Health, “Dr. Migeed was a great addition to the panel for our summit. He provided insight and guidance to the other panel participants as well as to the Summit audience. Thank you so much for having him join us!”

CelticCare Health will share the outcome of the conference in a publication, PCP’s Guide to Managing Pain to assist prescribers in better managing opioid-using patients.

On November 13th, Dr. Migeed met with Governor Charlie Baker on the topic of opioid addiction at the State House, specifically, how to treat people who have chronic pain and abuse opioids.

Dr. Migeed was part of a small group made up of behavioral health specialists and people who have experienced addiction in their own families, including Vic DiGravio, president and CEO of the Association for Behavioral Healthcare, and Joanne Peterson, founder and CEO of Learn to Cope. Governor Baker has had a series of meetings to gather support for his opioid abuse bill from various medical, legal and law enforcement communities.1

The new legislation includes limiting prescriptions for opioids to three days for either a new prescription or when the patient is new to the physician, as well as empowering doctors to hold a patient, without a court order, if they have determined a patient to be a Section 35. According to Dr. Migeed, “We can get them into treatment immediately, and not just treat their pain, but develop a comprehensive approach. As with programs at Arbour Health System hospitals, we can do a toxicology screen to see if they test positive for other drugs, discuss a Suboxone or Methadone maintenance program, outline a prescription monitoring program (PMP), and refer patients for psychotherapy, which they need. This approach is how you help people to maintain sobriety and to stop abusing opiates.”

1State House News Service
From AHS News, November/December 2015