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PDMP's: A discussion For and Against a State By State Monitoring Program

Posted by Jody Lutz on Sep 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Pharmacy Times reports that, "The first PDMP program was enacted by New York State in 1918 and was used to monitor prescriptions for cocaine, codeine, heroin, morphine, and opium. With this program, pharmacists were required to report copies of prescriptions to the health department within 24 hours."

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chronic pain, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, regulations, opioid legislation

State Spotlight: Oklahoma is OK for Medical Marijuana

Posted by Jody Lutz on Sep 6, 2018 8:28:00 AM

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Oklahoma recently became the 30th state in the US to allow access to medical marijuana. The proposal, which passed by a 57% to 43% margin allows doctors to recommend cannabis for any medical condition they deem medically necessary. This makes Oklahoma's law one of the least restrictive in the country.

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State Spotlight: Fighting the Opioid Misuse/Overdose Epidemic in TN

Posted by Jody Lutz on Sep 5, 2018 8:08:37 AM

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TN Together Opioid Charts: A Legislative Update for the state of Tennessee regarding opioid prescription requirements for healthcare providers

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State Spotlight: OHIO -- Dealing with the Opioid Misuse/Overdose Epidemic

Posted by Jody Lutz on Aug 29, 2018 8:48:00 AM

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Ohio led the nation in opioid overdose deaths in 2014, and deaths have continued to rise with increased use of heroin and illegal fentanyl - fentanyl-related deaths surged from 75 in 2012 to 1,155 in 2015.

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3 Ways to Overcome Resistance to Change in Your Organization

Posted by AffirmHealth on Aug 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." -Arnold Bennett

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prescriber compliance, prescribing protocols, patient safety, opioid abuse, clinical decision support

How Organizations Benefit From a Partnership with Affirmhealth's Shield Software Platform

Posted by AffirmHealth on Aug 8, 2018 2:00:00 PM

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As an organization, part of our mission is to provide up-to-date information on opioid related news as well as state and federal guidelines and regulations for opioid prescribing. Our resource library is designed to educate healthcare professionals in order to facilitate better opioid prescriber compliance across healthcare organizations. Our software platform, Shield, incorporates the applicable state and federal regulations clinicians must adhere to, enabling healthcare systems to prescribe opioids more responsibly. 

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Pharmacy, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, opioid prescribing, Medical Necessity, opioid prescribing compliance, prescription drug monitoring, prescribing protocols, opioid legislation, florida, controlled substances

Legislative Update for the Sunshine State. New laws took effect in Florida on July 1, 2018.

Posted by Jody Lutz on Aug 6, 2018 8:46:44 AM

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On July 1, 2018 the Controlled Substance Bill became effective in the state of Florida. “There is nothing about this law that means legitimate patients cannot get legitimate medicine for legitimate reasons,” Dr. John Ellington, who is in charge of risk management at the 200-physician Watson Clinic in Lakeland, Florida is quoted as saying.

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clinical practice improvement activities, clinical decision support, electronic decisions support, clinicians

Implementing Opioid Management Guidelines Through Electronic Decision Support: A Clinician’s View

Posted by Mario Ramirez, MD on Aug 1, 2018 10:01:00 AM

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“The volume and complexity of what we know has exceeded our individual ability to deliver its benefits correctly, safely, or reliably. Knowledge has both saved us and burdened us.”—Atul Guwande.[1]

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