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Coordinating Care to Prevent Drug Abuse: Cordant Expert Weighs In

A recent NEHI, the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, policy call featured Dr. Richard Stripp, Cordant's chief scientific and technical officer. During the NEHI "On Call" series, Dr. Stripp spoke about how integrating prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data with laboratory results enables better risk...

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Study Finds Seniors Are 87% More Likely to Die When Taking Opioid Painkillers

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"]A recent study by the National Safety Council shows that senior citizens taking opioid prescriptions are 68% more likely to be hospitalized and 87% more likely to die than senior citizens taking strictly over-the-counter medications. Additionally, the study offered grave implications for...

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California’s Off-Label Drug Problem

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"] The California Workers’ Compensation Institute reports that more than 14% of claims with minor back injury had at least one prescription for Actiq or Fentora, with no evidence of cancer-related illness among any of the injured workers in a recent study....

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Recent Workers’ Compensation Legislation Impacts New York

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"] At this year’s New York Self-Insurers Association Annual Meeting, Steven M. Scotti, Esq., provided an update on various aspects of recent workers’ compensation legislation impacting New York. In 2014, there were over 100 workers’ compensation bills pending, 65% of which were...

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New York Non-Acute Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"] UPDATE Effective Monday, December 15, 2014, urine drug testing (UDT) will become a mandatory component of New York’s chronic opioid management guidelines for the purposes of establishing a baseline and a process for ongoing assessment of injured workers’ adherence to prescribed opioid treatment. SUMMARY Section F.3.d.i...

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