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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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Prescription Opioid Misuse: Even When Prescribed by a Doctor

Jan 3, 2017 9:45:00 AM by Mitch Evans posted in Healthcare, Opioid Epidemic

 

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In the News: Does access to medical marijuana reduce opioid deaths?

Dec 14, 2016 9:37:24 AM by Mitch Evans posted in Healthcare, Opioid Epidemic, Medical Marijuana

A recent analysis from health and medicine newsletter STAT examines the correlation between medicinal marijuana availability and opioid overdose deaths.

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Mastering MACRA: What My Pain Management Practice Should Know

Oct 19, 2016 8:05:00 AM by Mitch Evans posted in MACRA, Pain Management, opioid prescribing, clinical practice improvement activities

Last Friday, CMS released the final rules for MACRA, a program that represents a fundamental shift to the way providers are reimbursed by Medicare.  The rule is designed to give physicians more flexibility to provide high quality, safe, and effective care.  But, it’s important to know that the rule can impact your income both positively or negatively.

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Prescription Drug Monitoring: What Every Doctor or Nurse Should Know

Aug 18, 2016 1:14:08 PM by Mitch Evans posted in Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, opioid prescribing, prescription drug monitoring


As prescription opioid use and abuse has surged over the past decade [1], Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, or PDMPs, have become a cornerstone of state opioid prescribing guidelines in efforts to help promote responsible opioid prescribing. Let’s drill down into the basics of the programs.

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