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Legislative Update for the Sunshine State. New laws took effect in Florida on July 1, 2018.

Posted by Jody Lutz on Aug 6, 2018 8:46:44 AM

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On July 1, 2018 the Controlled Substance Bill became effective in the state of Florida. “There is nothing about this law that means legitimate patients cannot get legitimate medicine for legitimate reasons,” Dr. John Ellington, who is in charge of risk management at the 200-physician Watson Clinic in Lakeland, Florida is quoted as saying.

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Why AffirmHealth Partners With Healthcare Systems

Posted by AffirmHealth on Jul 30, 2018 9:09:00 AM

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We directly attribute AffirmHealth's traction to our team's passion to aid in the fight against the ongoing opioid epidemic. Every employee has been personally affected by the crisis--two of our founders are from small, rural towns in the crosshairs of the crisis and our third founder (an ER physician by training) works on the front-line and sees the epidemic's impact daily. Our personal experiences led to a unified, burning passion to help and that is what drives us every day.    

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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: Pennsylvania and Tennessee State News, Insurance Coverage and Marijuana Training Scrapped

Posted by Jody Lutz on Jul 1, 2018 3:08:58 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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Michigan: Controlled Substance Legislation UPDATE

Posted by Jody Lutz on Jun 26, 2018 9:03:00 AM

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In December of 2017, Michigan’s Lt. Governor Brian Calley signed  a comprehensive 10-bill package to address Michigan’s opioid epidemic, substance abuse and drug diversion problems. The multi-faceted package addresses various education initiatives from school aged children to patient informed consent and also covers acute pain prescriptions, MAPS and a variety of other topics impacting the prescribing of controlled substances in Michigan.

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Safety in Numbers: Morphine Milligram Equivalents (MME)

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

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DEA NATIONAL TAKE BACK

Posted by Jody Lutz on Apr 26, 2018 11:09:33 AM

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On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Drug Enforcement Administration will partner with local agencies across the country for the 15th Take Back Day. This opportunity is another initiative to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous.

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Weekend Round Up

Posted by Jody Lutz on Mar 18, 2018 4:00:00 PM

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Happy Spring Break! A few of the news stories that caught our eye at AffirmHealth this past week.  

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