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clinical decision support, opioid abuse, patient safety, prescribing protocols, prescriber compliance

How Organizations Benefit From a Partnership with Affirmhealth's Shield Software Platform

Posted by AffirmHealth on Aug 8, 2018 2:00:00 PM

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As an organization, part of our mission is to provide up-to-date information on opioid related news as well as state and federal guidelines and regulations for opioid prescribing. Our resource library is designed to educate healthcare professionals in order to facilitate better opioid prescriber compliance across healthcare organizations. Our software platform, Shield, incorporates the applicable state and federal regulations clinicians must adhere to, enabling healthcare systems to prescribe opioids more responsibly. 

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Kentucky, controlled substances, patient safety, addiction treatment, medication combinations, opioid legislation

What Kentucky Clinicians Should Know About Prescribing Opioids: A Legislative Update

Posted by Jody Lutz on Jul 17, 2018 10:01:00 AM

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Last year, 1,404 people died of drug overdoses in Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.  Of those, roughly half  involved fentanyl, a powerful synthetic painkiller that we originally discussed in "The Word on the Street."   In response to this ongoing trend, Kentucky is one of a handful of states that have been at the forefront of PDMP improvement as well as increased opioid legislation.   Here, we discuss the enhancements to Kentucky's PDMP system, KASPER, as well as some of these important pieces of legislation.

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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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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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patient safety, patient risk, prescribing protocols, Pain Guidelines, opioid prescribing compliance, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Guidelines, Opioid Doses, Opioid Epidemic

Safety in Numbers: Morphine Milligram Equivalents (MME)

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

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DEA, Clinician Perspective, kratom, patient safety

Kratom: A Primer on the Controversy Surrounding the Opioid Analogue

Posted by Mario Ramirez, MD on May 29, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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We’ve previously written about the challenges clinicians and patients face as they seek non-opioid alternatives for effective pain management.  One such alternative, Mitragyna speciose, or kratom, has been a focus of increased public discussion lately, but is still a topic that many clinicians are unfamiliar with.  AffirmHealth has developed this short primer to help bring you up to speed so that you can have an informed discussion with your patients.

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