Nov. 03--A federal agency is removing questions from hospital patient satisfaction surveys that some say may have given hospitals incentives to overprescribe opioids, taking the action at the request of Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and 25 other senators.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Wednesday that removing the questions was done to "eliminate any financial pressure clinicians may feel to overprescribe medications." In the future, CMS may come up with new survey questions regarding how hospitals managed patients' pain, the agency said in a news release.
The pain questions have been included in patient satisfaction surveys given to discharged patients for many years. Survey responses are factored into hospital reimbursement rates from the federal government.