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Legislative Update for the Sunshine State. New laws took effect in Florida on July 1, 2018.

Aug 6, 2018 8:46:44 AM by Jody Lutz posted in Pharmacy, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, opioid prescribing, Medical Necessity, opioid prescribing compliance, prescription drug monitoring, prescribing protocols, opioid legislation, florida, controlled substances

On July 1, 2018 the Controlled Substance Bill became effective in the state of Florida. “There is nothing about this law that means legitimate patients cannot get legitimate medicine for legitimate reasons,” Dr. John Ellington, who is in charge of risk management at the 200-physician Watson Clinic in Lakeland, Florida is quoted as saying.

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Prescribing Authority and Restrictions: A State-by-State Overview

Jul 10, 2018 8:23:00 AM by John Cole posted in PDMPs, regulations, compliance, opioid prescribing, prescription drug monitoring, opioid legislation

To address our nation's opioid epidemic, states are increasingly taking action at the prescription level. This includes enacting mandates on prescribers and their controlled substance prescriptions. Legislators have focused on opioid prescriptions in order to prevent overprescribing, and the resulting regulations primarily fall into four categories:

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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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Weekend Round Up

Weekend Round Up: Pennsylvania and Tennessee State News, Insurance Coverage and Marijuana Training Scrapped

Jul 1, 2018 3:08:58 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Medical Marijuana, Pain Management, Tennessee, Guidelines, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, prescriber compliance, regulations, compliance, opioid prescribing, Medical Necessity, opioid prescribing compliance, prescription drug monitoring, prescribing protocols, opioid legislation, Pennsylvania, Insurance Coverage

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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Weekend Round Up

Weekend Round Up

Jun 10, 2018 1:23:23 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Therapy, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, prescriber compliance, opioid prescribing, prescription drug monitoring, weekend round up, Pain Guidelines, patient risk

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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Weekend Round Up

Weekend Round Up

Jun 3, 2018 1:54:06 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Therapy, Opioid Doses, Tennessee, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Chronic Pain Guidelines, regulations, opioid prescribing, Medical Necessity, prescription drug monitoring, Pain Guidelines, tapering, Michigan, Arizona

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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Weekend Round Up

Weekend Round Up: Memorial Day Edition

May 27, 2018 12:49:05 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Healthcare, Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Misuse, Opioid Therapy, prescriber compliance, regulations, prescription drug monitoring, weekend round up, prescribing protocols, Treatment Agreements, Informed Consent, Michigan

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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Prescription Drug Monitoring: What Every Doctor or Nurse Should Know

Aug 18, 2016 1:14:08 PM by Mitch Evans posted in Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, opioid prescribing, prescription drug monitoring


As prescription opioid use and abuse has surged over the past decade [1], Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, or PDMPs, have become a cornerstone of state opioid prescribing guidelines in efforts to help promote responsible opioid prescribing. Let’s drill down into the basics of the programs.

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