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No Proven Benefit for the Use of Opioids in Chronic Pain

ANS provides Drug Utilization Review for large loss workers comp claimsMillions are addicted to or dependent on prescription opioids. Worse than the dependency, over 200,000 deaths are attributable to prescription opioids, as well as hundreds of thousands of overdoses. What’s the biggest contributor to the epidemic, you ask? Most commonly, it’s the inappropriate prescription of opioids for the treatment of issues like musculoskeletal disorders, chronic low back pain, headaches, and other issues.

Insights from a Leading Pain Expert

A recent study conducted by […]

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What Role does the Doctor-Patient Relationship Play in the Opioid Epidemic?

According to the DEA, sales of prescription painkillers in the United States have quadrupled since 1999. If that isn’t enough to raise eyebrows, consider the following: almost twice as many people abuse prescription drugs as the number of people abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined. And if that’s that enough, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that prescription drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher. These statistics have raised serious concerns, triggering […]

By |September 30th, 2015|Drug Utilization Review, Medical Cost Containment, Opioid Abuse, Pharmaceutical Cost Containment, Pharmacotherapy Review|Comments Off on What Role does the Doctor-Patient Relationship Play in the Opioid Epidemic?

High Risk Patient Profiles & Opioid Abuse

Drug Utilization Review and Medical Cost Containment StrategiesPredictive models in our industry show that specific risk factors correlate to the potential for long term opioid use -most notably, patients that smoke and/or have a history of substance abuse.   With increased opioid prescribing linked to trends of misuse and abuse and opioid related overdoses contributing to more deaths annually than vehicular crashes, it begs the question, are risk factors truly being taken into account with the treatment of chronic pain?

Improving […]

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Ineffective Intervention Results in Less Than Optimal Outcomes

Workers’ compensation payers industry-wide have relied on pharmaceutical cost containment measures in one form or another as a means to manage escalating costs. But as everyone has learned, not all strategies are created equal. In fact, most are limited in scope and effectiveness.Holistic Drug Utilization Review

A Holistic Approach to Medical Cost Management

At ANS, we take a holistic, collaborative approach to managing medical costs. When a comprehensive analysis is conducted on a pharmaceutical regimen, it reveals the bigger picture, thus uncovering […]

By |August 30th, 2015|Drug Utilization Review, Medical Cost Containment, Pharmacotherapy Review|Comments Off on Ineffective Intervention Results in Less Than Optimal Outcomes