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PQA Endorses Three New Quality Performance Measures for Opioids

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), through a majority vote of its members, has endorsed three new performance measures that evaluate initial opioid prescriptions: at high dosage, for long duration, or for long-acting or extended-release opioids. The measures are aligned with the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain and retrospectively evaluate health plan performance …

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Taking Opioids Before Joint Replacement Increases Length of Stay, Total Costs

The analysis showed the opioid cessation rate at 18 months after surgery was 64% among those who used the pain medication before joint replacement, and 95% among those who did not. Abuse of prescription opioids is a known culprit in the rise of the current opioid epidemic, which the CDC said claims 130 lives a day; researchers …

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The Impact of Preoperative Opioid Use on Patient Outcomes

A new study looked at the effects of front-end opioid prescribing for patients in need of knee, hip, or shoulder joint replacement, and it builds a growing evidence base that shows better patient outcomes and lower payer cost when opioids are tapered prior to surgery. “Despite the many risks of opioid use, about 40% of …

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axialHealthcare Runs HIPAA-Compliant Virtual Contact Center on Amazon Connect

It’s no secret that America is in the grip of an opioid-addiction crisis. In 2017, 11.4 million people misused prescription opioids at least once; 2.1 million people misused opioids chronically; and 47,600 died from opioid overdoses—more than 130 per day. Many companies and organizations exist to help people recover from addiction. But what if opioid …

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Where’s the Evidence? Barriers to Analyzing Digital Health’s Impact

By Meridith Peratikos, Director of Enterprise Research The digital health industry continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. In 2018, venture funding for digital health companies approached a record $8.1B in funding, according to Rock Health. These companies are striving to address important healthcare issues by developing products and service offerings in various categories like …

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Tackling the opioids epidemic with connectivity and compassion

By John Donahue, Executive Chairman The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 50 million people suffer from chronic or severe pain – just over 20 percent of the U.S. adult population. In fact, chronic pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical care. To put this number in perspective, 29 million …

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Nashville health care CEO steps aside as part of restructuring

Read the full story in the Nashville Business Journal.

axialHealthcare changing CEO

Two other C-level execs leaving; naviHealth president will take over at pain management/opioid data company. Nashville-based pain management and opioid data firm axialHealthcare is in the midst of a big leadership transition, with three C-level executives set to step down by late April. CEO John Donahue, who has led six-year-old axialHealthcare for most of its …

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Why Does a PhD Hurt You?

Along with the explosive popularity of data science in multiple industries, a new movement has emerged: democratizing data science. This is the idea of bringing the seemingly ethereal practice of data science and machine learning to people in multiple types of roles through the use of out-of-the-box data science development tools. Although this is an …

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