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

Aug 8, 2018 2:00:00 PM by AffirmHealth posted in prescriber compliance, prescribing protocols, patient safety, opioid abuse, clinical decision support

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

Jul 17, 2018 10:01:00 AM by Jody Lutz posted in medication combinations, patient safety, Kentucky, opioid legislation, addiction treatment, controlled substances

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

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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Michigan: Controlled Substance Legislation UPDATE

Jun 26, 2018 9:03:00 AM by Jody Lutz posted in PDMPs, Opioid Epidemic, chronic pain, Pain Management, Guidelines, Clinical Tools, prescriber compliance, opioid prescribing compliance, prescribing protocols, Medication Assisted Treatment Protocols, risk assessment, Treatment Agreements, Informed Consent, patient safety, Michigan, opioid legislation

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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Weekend Round Up

Weekend RoundUp: Ketamine Guidelines, Kentucky Sues Walgreens, SAMSHA Updates Opioid Toolkit and more

Jun 17, 2018 5:54:48 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Misuse, chronic pain, Opioid Therapy, Pain Management, Guidelines, weekend round up, patient safety, Kentucky, Ketamine

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)

Jun 5, 2018 8:30:00 AM by Jody Lutz posted in Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Doses, Guidelines, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, opioid prescribing compliance, Pain Guidelines, prescribing protocols, patient risk, patient safety

 

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Kratom: A Primer on the Controversy Surrounding the Opioid Analogue

May 29, 2018 10:00:00 AM by Mario Ramirez, MD posted in Clinician Perspective, DEA, kratom, patient safety

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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