Kiosha T. Forston and Norma A. Panther | Region 4 Regional Representatives
Prescribing Guidelines for Opioids
No doubt you have heard of or been personally touched by the opioid crisis currently underway in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) publishes a wide variety of information on opioids, from the basics to prescribing guidance for providers. Opioids are a class of drug known as narcotic analgesics or painkillers that may be prescribed as methadone, oxycodone or hydrocodone. Other drugs in the opioid class are fentanyl (a legal synthetic opioid) and heroin (an illegal drug).
Norma A. Panther, CPC, CIRCC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CHONC, CIFHA, has more than 25 years of experience in coding, auditing, education, and consulting. She works in corporate compliance at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. Panther is a member of the Lakeland, Fla., local chapter and is currently serving on the 2018-2021 AAPC National Advisory Board.