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Image showing that a prescription drug monitoring program communicates both ways with pharmacies, allows health care providers to obtain information. In addition, state insurance programs, healthcare licensure boards, state health departments, and law enforcement can also get information from the program.

PDMP's: A discussion For and Against a State By State Monitoring Program

Sep 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM by Jody Lutz posted in Healthcare, PDMPs, Clinician Perspective, chronic pain, Pain Management, Clinical Tools, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, prescriber compliance, opioid prescribing, clinical practice improvement activities, patient risk, opioid legislation, Healthcare Databases, controlled substances, electronic decisions support

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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Ways to Overcome Resistance to Change in Your Organization

Aug 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM by AffirmHealth posted in clinical practice improvement activities

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." -Arnold Bennett

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Implementing Opioid Management Guidelines Through Electronic Decision Support: A Clinician’s View

Aug 1, 2018 10:01:00 AM by Mario Ramirez, MD posted in clinical practice improvement activities, clinical decision support, electronic decisions support, clinicians

“The volume and complexity of what we know has exceeded our individual ability to deliver its benefits correctly, safely, or reliably. Knowledge has both saved us and burdened us.”—Atul Guwande.[1]

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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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