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HHS Interagency Task Force on Pain Management Attracts Some Controversy

Feb 12, 2019 3:00:00 PM by Mario Ramirez, MD posted in Pain Management, regulations

 

Task Force Releases Draft Report

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 established a Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, chaired by Dr. Vanila Singh, under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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State Spotlight: Oklahoma is OK for Medical Marijuana

Sep 6, 2018 8:28:00 AM by Jody Lutz posted in chronic pain, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, regulations, opioid legislation

Oklahoma recently became the 30th state in the US to allow access to medical marijuana. The proposal, which passed by a 57% to 43% margin allows doctors to recommend cannabis for any medical condition they deem medically necessary. This makes Oklahoma's law one of the least restrictive in the country.

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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: 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 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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Trump Announces Strategy to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Mar 20, 2018 5:05:00 AM by Mario Ramirez, MD posted in Opioid Epidemic, regulations

This afternoon in New Hampshire, a state hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic, President Trump announced a three part strategy to combat the worsening crisis.  Opinions about the approach have been mixed with some calling it a return to "a comprehensive drug policy," while others are concerned that a heavy focus on punitive measures will limit efficacy.  Here's our summary:

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