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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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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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Michigan, opioid legislation, patient safety, Informed Consent, Treatment Agreements, risk assessment, prescribing protocols, Medication Assisted Treatment Protocols, opioid prescribing compliance, prescriber compliance, Guidelines, Clinical Tools, Pain Management, chronic pain, PDMPs, Opioid Epidemic

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

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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opioid prescribing, tapering, chronic pain, Pain Management

Opioid Tapering: Risks & Benefits from a Pain Management Leader

Posted by Dr. John "Rett" Blake on May 22, 2018 5:11:00 AM

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Determining when to taper 

We hear a lot about opioid tapering from multiple different sources these days. It is mentioned in CDC guidelines and we get it from insurance companies as well. It seems that the insurance companies are trying to force you to taper all of your patients off of opioids, but as clinicians we know that some patients benefit from them and need them to maintain quality of life. So, how do we know who should be tapered? For me, the answer lies in the balance between risks and benefits. When the risks of any medication outweigh the benefits, then we should stop it. These risks can also be applied to the community if a patient is diverting their opioids.

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DEA, patient risk, weekend round up, opioid prescribing, Pain Management, Opioid Epidemic, Healthcare, Heroin, Migraine Treatment

Weekend Round Up

Posted by Jody Lutz on May 20, 2018 4:24:30 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 Use Disorder, weekend round up, opioid prescribing, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Guidelines, Smarter Pain Management, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Pain Management, Opioid Misuse, Pharmacy

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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Pain Guidelines, opioid prescribing, Pain Management, 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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