State-Level Morphine Equivalent Daily Dose Policies
In this podcast, Sara Heins, PhD, answers our questions about her study that evaluated state-level morphine equivalent daily dose (MEDD) policies, why variation in these policies can be challenging, and more.
- Heins SE, Frey KP, Alexander GC, Castillo RC. Reducing high-dose opioid prescribing: state-level morphine equivalent daily dose policies, 2007-2017. Pain Med. 2020;21(2):308-316. https://doi.org/10.1093/pm/pnz038.
- Heins SE, Castillo RC. The impact of morphine equivalent daily dose threshold guidelines on prescribed dose in a workers’ compensation population. Med Care. 2020;58(3):241-247. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001269.
- Dowell D, Haegerich TM, Chou R. CDC guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain — United States, 2016. MMWR Recomm Rep. 2016;65(RR-1):1-49. http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.rr6501e1.
- CDC advises against misapplication of the Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. New release. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. April 24, 2019. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/s0424-advises-misapplication-guideline-prescribing-opioids.html.
Sara E. Heins, PhD, is an associate health policy researcher at the RAND Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.