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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

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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Safety in Numbers: Morphine Milligram Equivalents (MME)

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

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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 prescribing, Pain Guidelines, pain scales

Pain Scales: From Faces to Numbers and Everywhere In Between

Posted by Mario Ramirez, MD on Apr 10, 2018 11:30:00 AM

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In Medscape’s article “Talk About Pain,” R. Morgan Griffin states, “One of the hardest things about chronic pain is that only you know how bad the pain feels. There's no blood test that can show much you're suffering. There's often no outward sign, like a bandage or a cast. There's just the pain." 'Pain is always personal,' says F. Michael Ferrante, MD, director of the UCLA Pain Management Center in Los Angeles. 'It's invisible to other people looking at you -- and that can lead to a lot mistrust and difficulties in relationships.'"

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Are You Keeping Up With Your State's Chronic Pain Guidelines?

Posted by Mitch Evans on Jun 15, 2017 2:14:50 PM

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Looking to stay compliant with state prescribing guidelines? Check out our related content:

In March 2016, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) made headlines when it released it's 12-point Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. As the opioid epidemic and chronic pain pandemic have reached record levels, state governments and professional medical societies alike have released their own recommendations and regulations to inform opioid prescribing. Here's a snapshot to help you keep track of your state's chronic pain guidelines.

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