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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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patient safety, patient risk, prescribing protocols, Pain Guidelines, opioid prescribing compliance, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Guidelines, Opioid Doses, Opioid Epidemic

Safety in Numbers: Morphine Milligram Equivalents (MME)

Posted by Jody Lutz on Jun 5, 2018 8:30:00 AM

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Michigan, Arizona, tapering, Pain Guidelines, prescription drug monitoring, opioid prescribing, Medical Necessity, regulations, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Chronic Pain Guidelines, Tennessee, Opioid Doses, Opioid Therapy, Opioid Epidemic

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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Pain Management, Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Doses

Tiger Woods and America’s Drugged Driving Problem

Posted by Mario Ramirez, MD on Jun 1, 2017 1:15:00 PM

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By now, much has been written about Tiger Woods and his recent arrest for driving under the influence in Florida.  The professional golfer was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car with the engine still running and damage to the side of the vehicle.  When officers performed a field sobriety test, his breathalyzer indicated that he had not ingested any alcohol and it is likely that he had a mixture of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and narcotic medications in his bloodstream—some reports indicate that he was taking Vioxx as well as Vicodin (in addition to other medications).[1]  In her recent report for The Atlantic, Olga Khazan does a great service using this incident to highlight the problem of drivers not under the influence of alcohol, but severely impaired by prescription medications.

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Research, Opioid Therapy, Pain Management, Opioid Doses

Do Higher Opioid Doses Lead To Worse Outcomes?

Posted by Mitch Evans on May 1, 2017 6:30:00 AM

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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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