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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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Weekend Round Up

Weekend Round Up: Healthcare Databases, Chronic Pain Patients Feel Caught in Debate and State Updates for Florida, and Connecticut

Jul 8, 2018 7:57:02 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Healthcare, Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Misuse, chronic pain, Integrated Pain, Opioid Therapy, Opioid Doses, Smarter Pain Management, Guidelines, Clinical Tools, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Chronic Pain Guidelines, prescriber compliance, regulations, compliance, opioid prescribing, opioid prescribing compliance, prescription drug monitoring, weekend round up, Medication Assisted Treatment Protocols, tapering, patient safety, Arizona, opioid legislation, opioid abuse, florida, Healthcare Databases, Connecticut, controlled substances

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

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

Jul 1, 2018 3:08:58 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Medical Marijuana, Pain Management, Tennessee, Guidelines, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, prescriber compliance, regulations, compliance, opioid prescribing, Medical Necessity, opioid prescribing compliance, prescription drug monitoring, prescribing protocols, opioid legislation, Pennsylvania, Insurance Coverage

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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Three, Five, and Seven Day-Opioid Limits:  Where Do They Come From and Why You Should Care

Jun 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM by Mario Ramirez, MD posted in Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, prescriber compliance, prescribing protocols

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Weekend Round Up

Weekend Round Up

Jun 10, 2018 1:23:23 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Therapy, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, prescriber compliance, opioid prescribing, prescription drug monitoring, weekend round up, Pain Guidelines, patient risk

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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Pill Counts: A Tool for Medication Adherence and Diversion Reduction

May 15, 2018 10:31:33 AM by Jody Lutz posted in Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Pill Counts

Patients with chronic pain are frequently asked to agree to medication adherence activities, like pill counts as a part of an opioid therapy plan. We dig into what pill counts may look like, how they are facilitated, and the potential pitfalls they present.

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Weekend Round Up

Weekend Round Up: Mother's Day Edition

May 13, 2018 6:36:35 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Pharmacy, Opioid Misuse, Pain Management, Smarter Pain Management, Guidelines, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, opioid prescribing, weekend round up, Opioid Use Disorder

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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Law of Unintended Consequences:  Gabapentin Meets the Opioid Crisis

May 7, 2018 4:34:00 PM by Mario Ramirez, MD posted in Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, medication combinations

Amidst the opioid and chronic pain crises in the United States, many of us on the front lines of clinical and research medicine have been searching for opioid alternatives that we can safely use to manage our patients’ pain. 

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