Statistics regarding the current opioid crisis in the U.S. continue to indicate cause for alarm in comparison to previous years. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, a subset of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), an estimated 115 people in the U.S. die every day from opioid-related overdoses as of March 2018. […]
The opioid crisis continues to loom in healthcare, as more individuals become addicted to and die from lawful and illegal forms of opioids. While controlled substances such as heroin are to blame for much of the problem, prescription medications are also a contributor. Variation in how physicians treat chronic pain and non-nerve-related back pain and […]
Digital health technology continues to advance and expand into new areas of healthcare, and the industry shows no signs of slowing down. Each year digital health products and analytic capabilities advance, becoming better, more reliable and more compatible with one another. As we head into 2017, let’s take a look at some of the newest […]
In the U.S., prescriptions for and sales of opioid painkillers have nearly quadrupled since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Ann Arbor Healthcare System published a new study in the online journal Medical Care exposing a major […]
Medical marijuana, at one time highly doubted and hotly debated, is now a fast-growing reality. Currently 23 states and the District of Columbia provide limited legal protections from arrest for authorized patients who use cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation. Another 7 states have legislation pending. To qualify for a medical marijuana ID card, which […]
Data from drug utilization reviews reveal the benefits of reviewing opioid prescriptions in workers’ comp cases. Here is a summary of our findings from a white paper by AMR’s Hamed Hafizi, MPH.
The release of the Pro Publica/ NPR report on workers’ compensation has spurred much debate about the state of workers’ compensation in the United States. One of the ongoing debates involved is how to effectively monitor and approve the prescription of opioids for pain management. With New York adopting mandatory e-prescriptions for controlled substances and […]