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PDMP's: A discussion For and Against a State By State Monitoring Program

Posted by Jody Lutz on Sep 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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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: 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 legislation, prescribing protocols, prescription drug monitoring, opioid prescribing compliance, Medical Necessity, opioid prescribing, regulations, prescriber compliance, compliance, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Guidelines, Tennessee, Pain Management, Medical Marijuana, Pennsylvania, Insurance Coverage

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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Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, prescribing protocols, prescriber compliance

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

Posted by Mario Ramirez, MD on Jun 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Weekend Round Up

Posted by Jody Lutz on Jun 10, 2018 1:23:23 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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Pill Counts, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Pill Counts: A Tool for Medication Adherence and Diversion Reduction

Posted by Jody Lutz on May 15, 2018 10:31:33 AM

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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: 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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Law of Unintended Consequences:  Gabapentin Meets the Opioid Crisis

Posted by Mario Ramirez, MD on May 7, 2018 4:34:00 PM

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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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