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Newswise — Loyola Medicine is among the first centers to offer a new minimally invasive prostate biopsy that minimizes the risk of infection and may increase the cancer detection rate.

It's called the transperineal prostate biopsy.

A urologist may recommend a biopsy if a digital rectal exam or PSA...

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Primary care has a great opportunity to assess patients’ drug taking behaviors when they enter the healthcare system. It’s very rare that a patient would start their care with a specialist, and primary care is where most people would go outside of some sort of acute care setting. So, their ability...

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When a patient dies from an overdose, the prescriber has some potential liability. It could be a licensing board issue, a licensing board plus malpractice issue, or worse a criminal case. That really depends on the nature of that prescriber’s care. Authorities are looking for things like proper...

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Overdose risk and reality has prompted many recent legal regulatory changes in controlled substance prescribing and pain management. Often, prescribers are the last to learn of an overdose event and worse, fail to take action once notified. Attorney Bolen outlines how the prescriber can proactively...

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Practitioners end up at risk in drug testing because they lack knowledge of the policies that payors put out on medical necessity. They also can get into a lot of trouble if they don’t understand the mechanics of the clinical laboratory regarding presumptive testing and definitive testing. It’s...

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In what the authors say is the first response to an unmet need, an expert panel from Johns Hopkins has published a set of 20 operation-specific opioid prescribing guidelines. In general, the consensus guidance represents a reduction from current prescribing practice, and the authors note that this...

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New policies and training invoked by Navy Medicine, providing medical services to sailors, Marines, and family members, are designed to strike a balance between ensuring safe use of opioids and preserving access to them for the treatment of chronic pain. Patients in the care of Navy Medicine will...

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Too often, prescribers are the last to learn of an overdose event and worse, fail to take action once notified. Attorney Bolen outlines policies and protocols that practitioners can implement to proactively signal their intent to get things right when they go wrong.

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Opioid reduction may be necessary in certain patients due to safety risk. Certain patients may be resistant to medication change for a number of physical and psychosocial factors. This presentation aims to provide clinicians with concrete examples of patient centered approaches to handling...

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In addition to other shortcomings, current prescribing guidelines are particularly ill-suited to the needs and challenges of patients already on opioid therapy. Drs. Heit and Gourlay discuss the roots of the problem and the role of primary care as talented amateurs in addiction medicine.

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