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MIPS and PDMP Usage: How they work together.

Posted by Jody Lutz on Oct 30, 2018 12:46:41 PM

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MIPS: What is it and what do prescribers need to know? 

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An Update on Provider Education Efforts and the Opioid Epidemic

Posted by Mario Ramirez, MD on Oct 23, 2018 1:54:07 PM

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A Focus on Opioid Education Efforts

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Naloxone and Buprenorphine...Access and Accessibility in America

Posted by Jody Lutz on Oct 16, 2018 3:25:41 PM

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Naloxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent overdose by opioids it is designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. Commercially, it has been available for almost 50 years and several formulations are available, produced by various manufacturers. 

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The Opioid Misuse Situation

Posted by Jody Lutz on Oct 9, 2018 9:36:16 AM

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Everyday the media is flooded with stories about the toll of opioid addiction in America. New rules and regulations are regularly being introduced on a state and national level as we collectively grapple with how to tackle this epidemic. However, the war on opioids in America is not new. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control warned that prescription painkiller overdoses had reached what was considered “epidemic levels.”

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An Update on National Naloxone Distribution Efforts

Posted by Mario Ramirez, MD on Oct 2, 2018 9:30:00 AM

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At AffirmHealth, we’ve directed much of our blog content towards safe and responsible opioid prescribing practices with an emphasis on the application of state and federal guidelines to daily clinician activities. 

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Sweeping Opioid Legislation Passed By Senate. What you need to know about STOP & OCRA

Posted by Jody Lutz on Sep 25, 2018 11:00:00 AM

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On Monday, in a bipartisan move, the Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation aimed at combating the opioid epidemic.

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electronic decisions support, Healthcare Databases, controlled substances, opioid legislation, patient risk, clinical practice improvement activities, opioid prescribing, prescriber compliance, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Clinical Tools, Pain Management, chronic pain, PDMPs, Clinician Perspective, Healthcare

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

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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