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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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Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Misuse, chronic pain, Opioid Therapy, Pain Management, Guidelines, weekend round up, patient safety, Kentucky, Ketamine

Weekend RoundUp: Ketamine Guidelines, Kentucky Sues Walgreens, SAMSHA Updates Opioid Toolkit and more

Posted by Jody Lutz on Jun 17, 2018 5:54:48 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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Healthcare, Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Misuse, Opioid Therapy, prescriber compliance, regulations, prescription drug monitoring, weekend round up, prescribing protocols, Treatment Agreements, Informed Consent, Michigan

Weekend Round Up: Memorial Day Edition

Posted by Jody Lutz on May 27, 2018 12:49:05 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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Pharmacy, Opioid Misuse, Pain Management, Smarter Pain Management, Guidelines, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, opioid prescribing, weekend round up, Opioid Use Disorder

Weekend Round Up: Mother's Day Edition

Posted by Jody Lutz on May 13, 2018 6:36:35 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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Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Misuse, National Prescription Drug Take-Back

Don't Be An Accidental Drug Dealer

Posted by Mitch Evans on Apr 20, 2017 5:24:47 PM

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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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Clinician Perspective, Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Misuse, Opioid Epidemic Tennessee

A New Approach to Combating Opioid Misuse in Tennessee

Posted by Mario Ramirez, MD on Apr 11, 2017 7:03:00 AM

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As both a practicing emergency medicine physician, and Chief Medical Officer at AffirmHealth, a local company dedicated to combatting opioid abuse, I spend a significant amount of time thinking about the right approach to fighting opioid misuse in Tennessee, my home state. David Plazas’s editorial on April 2nd, 2017 rightly draws attention to the opioid epidemic which he characterizes as “Tennessee’s No.1 public health crisis” and his point about the medical vs. criminal management of addiction is a good one. There’s no question that addiction is a multifactorial disease process and our worsening crisis is unlikely to be solved through a law and order approach alone. It’s going to require individualized solutions that tailor therapy based on each addict’s needs.

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Interventional Pain Management, PDMPs, Clinician Perspective, Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Misuse

Changing the Conversation: Developing Tools to Combat Opioid Misuse

Posted by Mario Ramirez, MD on Mar 7, 2017 7:15:00 AM

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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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