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Do I Need A Pain Specialist?

May 8, 2017 2:55:00 PM by Timothy Miller, MD posted in Interventional Pain Management, Clinician Perspective, chronic pain, Finding a Pain Specialist, Nashville, Tennessee

 

First, Let's Talk About My Pain.

Pain can be explained as either chronic or acute. Acute pain is described as pain that has just occurred after an injury such as surgery or trauma to our body. Acute pain will improve over time as our bodies heal from this injury or surgery.

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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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Changing the Conversation: Developing Tools to Combat Opioid Misuse

Mar 7, 2017 7:15:00 AM by Mario Ramirez, MD posted in Interventional Pain Management, PDMPs, Clinician Perspective, Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Misuse

As a both a practicing emergency medicine physician, and Chief Medical Officer at AffirmHealth, an organization dedicated to combatting opioid abuse in this country, I spend a significant amount of time thinking about the right tools we need to develop to make pain management practices more effective. In the clinic, healthcare providers are operating at a time when we have never had more information about our patients readily available. Conversely, however, this wealth of information often creates the challenge of “too much noise; too little signal” and it can be easier to fall into the trap of simply maintaining old practice patterns that have worked for us in the past. Unfortunately, the outdated practices of yesterday will not be enough to effectively reverse the worsening opioid epidemic in our country.

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Treating Chronic Pain: An Interventional Approach

Dec 12, 2016 11:00:00 AM by Jeremy Walker, MD posted in Healthcare, Interventional Pain Management, Clinician Perspective

Are you suffering from chronic pain?

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