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chronic pain, Pain Management, opioid prescribing, tapering

Opioid Tapering: Risks & Benefits from a Pain Management Leader

Posted by Dr. John "Rett" Blake on May 22, 2018 5:11:00 AM

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Determining when to taper 

We hear a lot about opioid tapering from multiple different sources these days. It is mentioned in CDC guidelines and we get it from insurance companies as well. It seems that the insurance companies are trying to force you to taper all of your patients off of opioids, but as clinicians we know that some patients benefit from them and need them to maintain quality of life. So, how do we know who should be tapered? For me, the answer lies in the balance between risks and benefits. When the risks of any medication outweigh the benefits, then we should stop it. These risks can also be applied to the community if a patient is diverting their opioids.

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Healthcare, Opioid Epidemic, Pain Management, opioid prescribing, weekend round up, patient risk, DEA, Heroin, Migraine Treatment

Weekend Round Up

Posted by Jody Lutz on May 20, 2018 4:24:30 PM

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With opioid prescribing regulations being updated, national policy announcements, state guidelines as well as daily commentary regarding the opioid epidemic flooding news outlets, the AffirmHealth Weekend Round Up looks at the top headlines that caught our team’s eye. From controlled substance protocols to research focusing on pain management, addiction medicine, the ER and more provided to you in an easy to access summary. News you can use. Welcome to the Weekend Round Up.

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Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Pill Counts

Pill Counts: A Tool for Medication Adherence and Diversion Reduction

Posted by Jody Lutz on May 15, 2018 10:31:33 AM

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Patients with chronic pain are frequently asked to agree to medication adherence activities, like pill counts as a part of an opioid therapy plan. We dig into what pill counts may look like, how they are facilitated, and the potential pitfalls they present.

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Pharmacy, Opioid Misuse, Pain Management, Smarter Pain Management, Guidelines, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, opioid prescribing, weekend round up, Opioid Use Disorder

Weekend Round Up: Mother's Day Edition

Posted by Jody Lutz on May 13, 2018 6:36:35 PM

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With opioid prescribing regulations being updated, national policy announcements, state guidelines as well as daily commentary regarding the opioid epidemic flooding news outlets, the AffirmHealth Weekend Round Up looks at the top headlines that caught our team’s eye. From controlled substance protocols to research focusing on pain management, addiction medicine, the ER and more provided to you in an easy to access summary. News you can use. Welcome to the Weekend Round Up.

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Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, medication combinations

Law of Unintended Consequences:  Gabapentin Meets the Opioid Crisis

Posted by Mario Ramirez, MD on May 7, 2018 4:34:00 PM

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Amidst the opioid and chronic pain crises in the United States, many of us on the front lines of clinical and research medicine have been searching for opioid alternatives that we can safely use to manage our patients’ pain. 

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Opioid Epidemic, Medical Marijuana, opioid prescribing, weekend round up

Weekend Round Up

Posted by Jody Lutz on May 6, 2018 9:47:24 PM

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With opioid prescribing regulations being updated, national policy announcements, state guidelines as well as daily commentary regarding the opioid epidemic flooding news outlets, the AffirmHealth Weekend Round Up looks at the top headlines that caught our team’s eye. From controlled substance protocols to research focusing on pain management, addiction medicine, the ER and more provided to you in an easy to access summary. News you can use. Welcome to the Weekend Round Up.

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Treatment Agreements, Informed Consent

Treatment Agreements And Informed Consent: What Are They, And Why Do I Need Them?

Posted by Jody Lutz on May 1, 2018 5:00:00 AM

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Treatment Agreements and Informed Consent. If your practice prescribes opioids, you need them. But what are they and how do they differ? We dig into each and how they impact your practice and your patients.

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Healthcare, Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, opioid prescribing compliance, patient risk, DEA

DEA NATIONAL TAKE BACK

Posted by Jody Lutz on Apr 26, 2018 11:09:33 AM

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On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Drug Enforcement Administration will partner with local agencies across the country for the 15th Take Back Day. This opportunity is another initiative to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous.

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