Emergency Responses to Substance Misuse, Mental Illness

Michael C. Barnes, JD spoke today at the Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority Conference in Durant, Oklahoma. Mr. Barnes’ presentation, “Compassion and Common Sense: Emergency Responses to Substance Abuse and Mental Illness,” provided information on the nation’s overdose crisis and delved into some of the major initiatives that have been undertaken at the federal and […]

Barnes Presents on Federal Law, Regulation, Enforcement, and Impacts on Pain Management at ASPMN

On September 19, 2019, Michael C. Barnes, JD presented alongside Wade Delk, Government Affairs Director of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN), and Marsha Stanton, Ph.D., R.N., former president of ASPMN, at ASPMN’s 29th annual conference in Portland, Oregon. Their presentation, titled “Trends in Federal Law, Regulation, and Enforcement, and Their Impacts on […]

Evaluating Federal, State Policies Addressing Chronic Pain

Last week, Michael C. Barnes, JD presented at PAINWeek in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Barnes’s presentation, entitled “I’m Not a Doctor, But I Play One in DC: Federal Action and Its Impacts on Pain Care,” touched on several federal and state policies that affect people with chronic pain and the professionals who treat these patients. […]

Impact of State, Federal Opioid Policy

Michael C. Barnes, JD authored an article published this week in PAINWeek Journal entitled “I’m Not a Doctor, But I Play One in D.C.: Federal Action and Its Impact on Care.” Mr. Barnes’s article discusses the unintended consequences of state and federal opioid policy. The article analyzes changing trends in Washington, state capitals, and courthouses […]

New Article: DOJ Raids of Health Care Providers

Today, American University’s Washington College of Law published in its Legislation & Policy Brief a new article by Michael C. Barnes, JD. Entitled “A More Sensible Surge: Ending DOJ’s Indiscriminate Raids of Health Care Providers,” the article discusses the indiscriminate nature of recent U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) raids, searches, and investigations of prescribers of […]