The surgeons wrote prescriptions for me which I did obtain. Now my pain management Dr. tells me I have been flagged as Doctor shopping. I did not know it is considered a felony in Texas to do this I am worried that I unknowingly broke the law. What can I do to clear myself, I am very concerned.
When you are in pain management and you have surgery, it is your responsibility to inform your surgeon that you are under a pain contract with pain management. Pain management will then manage your post operative pain or he can allow the surgeon to manage it but he can document that he allowed the surgeon to manage your pain. When you have surgery and you dont inform your surgeon that you are in pain management and the surgeon writes for pain medications and you fill them you are in violation of your pain contract with pain management and it can be considered Dr shopping because you are getting multiple opioid scripts from different Drs-thats what Dr shopping is. Your pain management Dr could also drop you from his practice for violating your contract. This is usually written in your contract that you cannot receive pain medications from any other Dr other than your pain management Dr. In many states (35 of the 50) they have a prescription monitoring program and all of your prescriptions for controlled substances go into this database and is available to all of your Drs to see if you are filling multiple scripts from multiple Drs. Now that you have been flagged there is not a whole lot you can do. You now just need to be sure that you only fill controlled prescriptions from your one pain Dr only. If you have surgery in the future, be sure to let your surgeon know you are under the care of pain management and also notify your pain Dr that you are having surgery so that they can coordinate your pain management post op. This includes dentistry too, so if you need pain meds from a dental procedure you must also let the dentist know you are under pain management and let your pain Dr know that you are having a dental procedure so that he can do the pain management. Your pain manager should be the only physician filling pain meds for you. Now that you know you can follow these rules and your history will show no more "Dr shopping" and after a while it should not be an issue. If you violate this your Dr can have you charged with Dr shopping now that he has counseled you.
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