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Social Distancing when Community is the Cure

From primary care visits to behavioral health, social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has driven rapid adoption of telemedicine across healthcare. Companies providing telehealth and digital support services have been inundated with requests to get their products up and running quickly, and where these capabilities already exist, utilization is increasing. Much of this adoption is …

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Watch: Substance Use Treatment and Recovery during COVID-19

Across healthcare, organizations are adjusting to the new normal presented by COVID-19. In this discussion, our panelists offer diverse perspectives and firsthand insight into the pandemic’s profound impact on addiction treatment and recovery. See below for more details and access to the recorded conversation.  Panelists: Michael P. Frost M.D., FACP, FASAM Dr. Michael Frost is …

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Words Matter

Words Matter. Especially When it Comes to Addiction.

Words are powerful. Help reduce negative stereotypes about addiction by changing your language. Although there’s been a concerted effort to bring awareness to the importance of person-first language, stigmatizing language related to substance use disorders is still widely used in our communities, perpetuating negative perceptions of those suffering from addiction. In a recent post on …

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Navigating the Opioid Reduction Landscape

Navigating the Opioid Reduction Landscape

The increasing number of opioid overdose deaths over the last decade has resulted in a public health response centered around thoughtful opioid prescribing practices and careful consideration of risk versus benefit when initiating opioids for pain treatment. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines around prescribing opioids for chronic pain, …

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Proposed Changes to 42 CFR Part 2: What You Need to Know

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed reforms that would revise the regulations governing patient records of substance use disorder and treatment that are subject to extra privacy laws. The current federal law, known as 42 CFR Part 2 (Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulation), predates the Health Insurance …

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Five Barriers to MAT Access

A recent McKinsey and Co. study suggests the nationwide prevalence of opioid use disorder (OUD) could be upwards of four to six million people, significantly higher than government estimates. And despite progress toward increasing addiction treatment access, only 25% of those with OUD receive any kind of treatment and only half of those are still …

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Five Challenges to Safe Opioid Prescribing

For health plans and providers, managing patients on opioids requires a delicate balance between the patient’s pain management needs and the risk of opioid misuse. We asked our clinical experts to highlight their biggest challenges to improving care for patients on opioids, and their answers reflect the changing pain management and addiction landscape. 1. Lack …

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axial Takeaway: PAINWeekEnd Nashville 2019

By Holly Little, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, and Bethany Bedford, PharmD, BCACP, CPE, Principal, Clinical Advisor New Markets and Programs Constructed for the busy clinician, the PAINWeekEnd Regional Conference Series is a precursor to the renowned PAINWeek conference and brings certified medical education to healthcare professionals in all disciplines with an interest in pain management. …

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Higher Opioid Dose = Higher Surgical Spend & Worse Patient Outcomes

Roughly 40% of patients in need of knee, hip or shoulder joint replacement are prescribed opioids prior to surgery. However, preoperative opioid use is associated with worse patient outcomes, higher health plan costs, higher opioid use during the surgical hospital stay, and a lower likelihood of discontinuing opioids after surgery. In our most recent study …

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axial Takeaway: Tennessee Pharmacists Association Pharmacy Day on the Hill

By Stacey E. Grant, PharmD, VP of Clinical Operations In February, I had the opportunity to spend time with state lawmakers and advocate on behalf of the healthcare community for patients with chronic pain and patients in need of opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment during the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) Pharmacy Day on the Hill …

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