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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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The Inner Workings of Machine Learning: An exploration into a predictive model’s decisions

By David Simon, Ph.D., Research Data Scientist Predicting a patient’s risk for adverse outcomes is an important part of delivering personalized care and improving the lives of patients. In order to achieve these goals, axialHealthcare has developed a number of machine learning models that quantify patient risk. An exciting example is our machine learning model …

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Chronic Pain: The Other Public Health Crisis

“We want to make sure that as we deal with the opioid crisis, we keep in mind those Americans who are hurting.” This statement was made by Senate Health Committee Chairman Senator Lamar Alexander during this week’s Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearing amidst increasing public discussion of the impact of the opioid …

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axial takeaway: R in Business

By Meridith Peratikos, Director of Enterprise Research In January, researchers and technologists across a wide range of disciplines and job sectors converged at the RStudio::conf 2019 in Austin, Texas to celebrate and learn about R, a programming language for statistical computing and graphics, as well as discuss RStudio tools that make using R for business …

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axial takeaway: The Importance of Knowing Your Data

By Lindsey Morris, Ph.D., Director of Data Science and Analytics Sin City beckons tens of thousands of technology leaders from around the world to Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) re:Invent, a quintessential, annual technology conference where AWS reveals it’s cutting-edge technology offerings for the coming year. The advancements are always presented during keynote addresses in a minimalistic yet …

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Unpacking the Machine Learning Black Box in Healthcare Applications

By May Shen, Ph.D., Research Data Scientist Machine learning models are being quickly adopted in various industry applications because of their outstanding performance compared to more traditional approaches like linear regression. However, machine learning models are also known as ‘black boxes’ because they provide little explanations for their predictions. The black-box nature of many machine learning …

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2018 in Review: Impactful Literature on Pain & Opioids

At axialHealthcare, our pain and opioid care solutions are based in and continually updated with the latest peer-reviewed evidence. In order to maintain the highest standards for our products, and the patient care they support, our experts sort through thousands of publications each year. Adding more than 100 publications to our compendium this year, we’ve …

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