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We've launched Shield on the athenahealth Marketplace

Jan 31, 2019 8:33:00 AM by Mitch Evans

The Shield platform now integrates with athenaClinicals to help medical group leaders proactively manage and measure opioid prescribing, so they can have the assurance of responsible prescribing across the organization.

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AffirmHealth Weekend Round Up

Weekend Round Up: March 3, 2018

Mar 3, 2018 7:02:34 AM by Mitch Evans posted in weekend round up

Some of recent the stories that caught our eyes at AffirmHealth in February:

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Opioid Prescribing: Protect Your Patients. Protect Your Practice.

Jan 16, 2018 11:21:00 AM by Mitch Evans posted in opioid prescribing, prescribing protocols

Treating chronic pain in 2018?

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Are You Keeping Up With Your State's Chronic Pain Guidelines?

Jun 15, 2017 2:14:50 PM by Mitch Evans posted in State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Chronic Pain Guidelines, opioid prescribing, Pain Guidelines

Looking to stay compliant with state prescribing guidelines? Check out our related content:

In March 2016, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) made headlines when it released it's 12-point Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. As the opioid epidemic and chronic pain pandemic have reached record levels, state governments and professional medical societies alike have released their own recommendations and regulations to inform opioid prescribing. Here's a snapshot to help you keep track of your state's chronic pain guidelines.

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New Toolkit Supports Providers with Prescribing Guidelines

Jun 6, 2017 10:59:56 AM by Mitch Evans posted in Opioid Therapy, Smarter Pain Management, Guidelines, Clinical Tools

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare, Inc. (AAAHC) has released a new toolkit to combat opioid overdose through improved stewardship programs. The resource is designed to help providers review and assess the volume and length of opioid prescriptions and dosages to mitigate risk of patient overdose and death.

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Do Higher Opioid Doses Lead To Worse Outcomes?

May 1, 2017 6:30:00 AM by Mitch Evans posted in Research, Opioid Therapy, Pain Management, Opioid Doses

A recent study published in The Journal of Pain found that patients prescribed higher opioid doses experienced greater pain intensity, higher health care utilization, and poorer quality of life. Is this a breakthrough finding or an obvious correlation?

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Don't Be An Accidental Drug Dealer

Apr 20, 2017 5:24:47 PM by Mitch Evans posted in Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Misuse, National Prescription Drug Take-Back

Saturday, April 29th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s initiative to provide a safe and easy way to dispose of unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

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Integrated Pain-Psych Program Cuts Costs by 45%

Mar 27, 2017 7:20:00 AM by Mitch Evans posted in Healthcare, Interventional Pain Management, Opioid Epidemic, chronic pain, Integrated Pain

Let's face two truths about heathcare costs in our country:

  1. We spend over $600 billion annually in pain treatment and resulting lost productivity
  2. The top 1% of 'high utilizers' account for over 27% of total costs

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