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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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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

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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Opioid Epidemic, prescribing protocols, opioid legislation, opioid abuse, Ohio, virginia, addiction treatment

Weekend Round Up: Opioid Legislation Passes, Analyzing the Opioid Epidemic, Frank Conversation Around Addiction Treatment

Posted by Jody Lutz on Jun 24, 2018 1:38:27 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, prescriber compliance, prescribing protocols

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

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: Memorial Day Edition

Posted by Jody Lutz on May 27, 2018 12:49:05 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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Chronic Pain Guidelines, opioid prescribing, prescribing protocols

CMS Announces New Guidelines on High-Dose Opioids

Posted by Jody Lutz on Apr 16, 2018 4:45:00 PM

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This month the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published new limits for high-dose opioid prescriptions for Medicare Part D users. The announcement is part of the 2019 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter.

The policy also follows the CDC opioid prescribing guidelines for primary care physicians released last year. High dosage thresholds outlined include parameters for prescriptions greater than 90 MME, which state a pharmacist should consult with prescriber and document the discussion. At 200 MME, a hard cap is implemented that can only be overridden by the plan sponsor. Additional guidelines for opioid naïve patients were also included, limiting initial opioid prescriptions to no more than a 7 days’ supply for the treatment of acute pain.

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prescriber compliance, opioid prescribing, prescribing protocols

Does Your Practice Have Effective Opioid Prescribing Protocols?

Posted by John Cole on Feb 27, 2018 11:28:51 AM

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Why you need prescribing protocols

In an effort to combat the opioid epidemic, state and federal governments continue to introduce regulations and guidelines for prescribing controlled substances. In addition, insurance payers have issued policies for prescribers. 

While these guidelines and policies have assisted in the fight against the opioid epidemic, they aren’t static or consistent and have left prescribers overwhelmed with trying to keep up.

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