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In a statement released last week, David Daikh, MD, PhD, president of the American College of Rheumatology, relayed the outcome of a meeting held with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on the topic of proposed changes to Medicare part B coverage of rheumatology treatment. The ACR has...

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Interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation programs (IPRP) have garnered significant support as an alternative to long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain management, and conclusions from new research published last month by the American Pain Society provides further confirmation of the benefits. But...

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The terms prescribing guidelines and prescribing rules are often used interchangeably although they really have separate meanings. Guidelines, by their nature, are voluntary recommendations. Whereas prescribing rules are mandatory. It’s important for prescribers to be aware of what exactly the rules...

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Taking advantage of a $500 million congressional addition to its base appropriation for FY2018, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced a new research initiative that it describes as “…a bold new trans-NIH initiative called Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL). The HEAL initiative...

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The Committee on Rheumatologic Care of the American College of Rheumatology has released a position statement calling for “robust pharmacovigilance” to ensure the safety of medications used to treat rheumatologic conditions. Pharmacovigilance is defined by the Committee as “…the science of detection...

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The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania is currently working on a variety of fronts to address the issue of opioid overdose risk. CHIBE seeks to combine psychology and economics with clinical expertise to...

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In an article published online last week in JAMA Oncology, writers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Perelman School of Medicine warn that clinical guidelines developed in the face of the opioid abuse and misuse crisis are likely confounding efforts to treat chronic...

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On January 1, 2018, the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act became law in North Carolina. The law limits initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain treatment to a 5-day supply, with a 7-day limit for treatment of postoperative pain. With respect to opioid therapy for chronic pain,...

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Last week, the National Institutes of Health announced a major new research commitment devoted to advancing the national response to the crisis of opioid abuse and addiction. The HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative will be a multiagency initiative to advance scientific research on a...

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Last week, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, issued an advisory advocating for greater distribution and availability of naloxone as an element of the national response to opioid use disorder. The Surgeon General recommends that individuals at risk for opioid overdose, as well as their family...

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