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Weekend Round Up: Healthcare Databases, Chronic Pain Patients Feel Caught in Debate and State Updates for Florida, and Connecticut

Posted by Jody Lutz on Jul 8, 2018 7:57:02 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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Weekend Round Up

Posted by Jody Lutz on Jun 3, 2018 1:54:06 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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prescribing protocols, opioid prescribing, Chronic Pain Guidelines

CMS Announces New Guidelines on High-Dose Opioids

Posted by Jody Lutz on Apr 16, 2018 4:45:00 PM

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This month the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published new limits for high-dose opioid prescriptions for Medicare Part D users. The announcement is part of the 2019 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter.

The policy also follows the CDC opioid prescribing guidelines for primary care physicians released last year. High dosage thresholds outlined include parameters for prescriptions greater than 90 MME, which state a pharmacist should consult with prescriber and document the discussion. At 200 MME, a hard cap is implemented that can only be overridden by the plan sponsor. Additional guidelines for opioid naïve patients were also included, limiting initial opioid prescriptions to no more than a 7 days’ supply for the treatment of acute pain.

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AffirmHealth: Beyond Pain Management

Posted by Mario Ramirez, MD on Jan 9, 2018 10:45:47 AM

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One of the questions we get most frequently when we discuss AffirmHealth is, “who are your customers?”  It’s a fair question and broadly speaking, our customers are two-fold:  clinical providers and the patients they serve.  The second follow on question that occasionally comes up is, “do you want to get rid of all opioids?”  To be clear, our goal is not to eliminate opioids.  In fact, we firmly believe in the viable role that opioids have in pain management.  But we also believe that responsible opioid prescribing must be practiced within the boundaries of a relationship founded on trust between the physician and the patient.  Our products are designed to help develop that relationship so that both providers and patients can manage these prescriptions as safely as possible.  Recognizing that different medical specialties have different regulatory demands, we offer solutions in three practice areas:

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Clinician Perspective, Chronic Pain Guidelines, Clinical Tools, Guidelines

AffirmHealth:  Our Value Proposition and the Practices We Serve

Posted by Mario Ramirez, MD on Jan 5, 2018 9:15:00 AM

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When we first founded AffirmHealth in April 2016, we had one goal:  to make opioid prescribing safer for patients and providers.  We did that by automating state opioid database queries so that they integrated with clinicians’ workflow and improved patient safety, maximized provider efficiency, and fixed a headache for both patients and providers.  In 2018, we are going to be dramatically expanding that offering and I wanted to spend some time explaining our value proposition and how we support practices that use our services.  Our focus is still the same:  we recognize that opioids have a critical role in the management of pain.  But even one overdose is too many.  Our goal is to make sure we help drive that number to zero.

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

Posted by Mitch Evans on Jun 15, 2017 2:14:50 PM

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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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