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6 Ways Pain Management is Mismanaged

There is a significant body of evidence suggesting that many Americans suffer from chronic pain and much of that pain is inadequately or ineffectively treated. Particularly in the case of chronic pain treatment via opioid analgesics, proper chronic pain management is critical in determining whether opioids are used in a manner that is both medically appropriate and in compliance with regulations. Pain management is an important area of patient care that is integral to the practice of medicine, yet so often it is mismanaged. Here we review six most […]

January 30th, 2016|Drug Utilization Review, Medical Cost Containment, Opioid Abuse, Pharmacotherapy Review|Comments Off on 6 Ways Pain Management is Mismanaged

Abuse Deterrent Opioids a New Era of Opioid Drug Development

The prevalence of opioid use and abuse has led to a new era of opioid drug development: Abuse deterrent (AD) opioids.

The goal?….

Maintain the efficacy of opioid formulations while improving their ability to deter abuse. Following guidelines developed by the FDA to categorize new opioid formulations, pharmaceutical companies are now on a quest to develop tomorrow’s safety net against opioid abuse.

How will the FDA be categorizing these new AD opioid formulations?

  1. Physical/chemical barriers
    Physical barriers that prevent the crushing, cutting, grating, grinding, or chewing of opioid formulations, alone or in combination […]

January 15th, 2016|Drug Utilization Review, Opioid Abuse, Pharmaceutical Industry|Comments Off on Abuse Deterrent Opioids a New Era of Opioid Drug Development
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    Strategies to Reduce Patient Reliance on Opioids Postoperatively

Strategies to Reduce Patient Reliance on Opioids Postoperatively

Surgeons across the nation are increasing efforts to reduce their overall use of opioids for the long term treatment of chronic pain post-operatively. The driving force- Curtailing the opioid abuse epidemic, an unfortunate but growing trend.

Well-Documented Risks
An epidemic effecting 5 million Americans, half of all opioid-related overdose deaths in the U.S. have been linked to prescription drugs – not “street” or “recreational” drugs. Opioid use, even short term, is particularly problematic for patients with a history of substance abuse.

Changing Practices
Seeing the effects of this epidemic, many surgeons are taking […]

December 30th, 2015|Drug Utilization Review, Medical Cost Containment, Opioid Abuse, Pharmacotherapy Review|Comments Off on Strategies to Reduce Patient Reliance on Opioids Postoperatively

Chronic Pain Treatment: Impacts of Drug-Drug Interactions

Polypharmacy, the use of 4 or more medications simultaneously, is a dangerous but frequent practice for chronic pain patients. Unfortunately, because many patients undergoing chronic pain treatment suffer multiple chronic health issues, exposure to drug-drug interactions (DDI) is a common but unintended result, leading to severe consequences for the physical health of patients, as well as a significantly increased financial burden for all involved: patients, providers, and society.

What defines a drug-drug interaction?

A pharmacokinetic DDI involves two or more drugs interacting in such a way that the effectiveness and/or toxicity […]

December 15th, 2015|Drug Utilization Review, Pharmacotherapy Review|Comments Off on Chronic Pain Treatment: Impacts of Drug-Drug Interactions

The Perils of Polypharmacy

Pharmacotherapy review reduces costs and minimizes risks present by polypharmacyIn the context of large loss workers compensation claims and the treatment of pain in injured workers, polypharmacy is typically associated with the use of four or more medications. As a result, polypharmacy creates an environment where several complications can occur. Here we delve into some critical issues affecting the injured worker as a result of polypharmacy: compliance, drug interaction and risk of addiction.

Dosage Compliance & Drug Interactions

To put it […]

November 30th, 2015|Opioid Abuse, Pharmaceutical Industry, Pharmacotherapy Review|Comments Off on The Perils of Polypharmacy

6 Benefits of ANS Legal Nurse Consulting Services

ANS legal nurse consulting services delivered by network of legal nurse expertsThe specialized skill-set of legal nurse consultants can play a crucial role in claim settlement and medical legal cases. Here we review six benefits of the services provided by ANS’s highly credentialed and experienced legal nurse consultants:

1) Critical Analysis

Through the critical analysis of medical records, our nurse experts summarize critical events in a case’s history to identify issues such as causality, scope of damages, and standards of care. […]

November 15th, 2015|Legal Nurse Consulting, Workers Compensation Payers|Comments Off on 6 Benefits of ANS Legal Nurse Consulting Services

Medical Cost Containment Does Not Mean Compromised Care

medical cost containment strategies delivered via legal nurse consultingThe existing way that the workers’ compensation industry handles large loss claims has been contributing to diminished quality in care for injured workers, increased costs associated with treatments, and poorly coordinated care. Care delivery within workers’ compensation programs is arguably even more inefficient than in general healthcare but it does NOT have to be this way. Payers can have the best of both worlds with medical cost containment strategies that provide quantifiable outcomes […]

October 30th, 2015|Legal Nurse Consulting, Medical Cost Containment|Comments Off on Medical Cost Containment Does Not Mean Compromised Care

ANS Solutions Exhibiting at the National WC & Disability Conference & Expo – Booth #646

National WC & Disability Conference - ANS Solutions 2015 Conference ScheduleANS Solutions, one of the top healthcare cost management companies, will be exhibiting at the National Workers Compensation & Disability Conference & Expo November 11-13, 2015, Booth #646.

For anyone involved in the workers’ compensation and disability management industries, the National WC & Disability Conference is the ultimate ground for new learning and networking with like-minded professionals. The event will be taking place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from November […]

October 26th, 2015|Medical Cost Containment, Pharmaceutical Industry, Workers Compensation Payers|Comments Off on ANS Solutions Exhibiting at the National WC & Disability Conference & Expo – Booth #646

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 […]

October 15th, 2015|Drug Utilization Review, Opioid Abuse, Pharmacotherapy Review|Comments Off on No Proven Benefit for the Use of Opioids in Chronic Pain

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 […]

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?