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FAQ

Why do I have to fill out your packet that is more than 12 pages long when you have my chart notes?

That is a good question! Our health information questionnaire tells us about you from your own personal perspective. It gives us insight on how you feel about the treatments and medications you have tried. It is your chance to tell us your medical treatment journey, what you have done and where you want to go in the future. Your attention to detail and completion of the entire form is critical to achieving good results!
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What is a Treatment Agreement?

Your health and safety is our primary concern. This agreement outlines important safety and regulatory issues concerning proper medical use of controlled substances. Among other expectations, we stress the use of one pharmacy and one physician for all your pain medicine prescriptions. We require you to take your medications as prescribed, bring your pain pills and pill bottles to each appointment, and submit urine specimens for testing on a regular basis. You must not use other intoxicating substances such as alcohol or marijuana or other unprescribed substances. If you are impaired in any way, you must not drive or operate machinery. You cannot give or sell your medication to others, or take someone else's pills. Medications must be locked up at all times to protect others. These and other concerns are part of a treatment agreement necessary to safely prescribe narcotics and/or controlled substances for the management of intractable pain.
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Why doesn’t the doctor prescribe narcotic medications on the first visit?

Initial visits are designed to diagnose and recommend treatments to you and your referring provider. This consultation provides suggestions that must first be approved by your primary provider. If you have been prescribed narcotic pain medications previously, that provider must continue to prescribe for you until these recommendations can be confirmed. In order for us to prescribe subsequently, you must be seen at a return office visit where you will participate in an informed consent discussion, sign a treatment agreement, submit a urine sample, and complete a material risk form as required by the state of Oregon. Exceptions require specific communication in advance from your referring physician.
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