Older adults still at higher risk of opioid overdose: study
Sep 10, 2021
While high risk prescription opioid use has declined over the past decade, nearly 1 in 10 adults are still taking opioids that puts them at increased risk from an opioid overdose, according to a national...
Genesis facilities resolve allegations in connection with denying admission to opioid-dependent seniors
Aug 09, 2021
Prospective residents were taking either buprenorphine or methadone for opioid use disorder. Twelve SNFs must pay civil penalties, adopt non-discrimination policy and provide training on civil rights laws...
Physician knowledge linked to less opioid prescribing in 2015 to 2017
Jul 01, 2021
(HealthDay News) — During 2015 to 2017, physician knowledge was associated with less frequent prescribing of opioids for back pain, according to a study published online July 1 in JAMA Network Open....
State variation in chronic opioid use drops by a third among nursing home residents: study
Jun 04, 2021
Changes in state-level variation may reflect the response to national guidelines and federal policies on opioid use, investigators say.
Is the clock ticking on faxed orders?
Nicholas Magers, R.D.
Jan 15, 2021
After two years spent developing and launching a service to assist prescribers and long-term care pharmacies complete controlled substance orders using a mobile device, I was surprised to hear the response,...
Potent painkiller prescription often arrives with transferred residents
Aug 12, 2020
A high-dose painkiller prescription often accompanies hospital patients upon discharge to a skilled nursing facility. The result is a complex medication management challenge for care providers, investigators...
New advice for managing chronic pain: go low and slow
Mar 02, 2020
Treatment should start with low-risk, non-invasive strategies and slowly introduce pain medications, including opioids as needed, say Mayo Clinic geriatricians.
New ‘Playbook’ provides opioid prescribing and pain management support for LTC
Mar 09, 2018
The National Quality Forum on Thursday released a comprehensive guide to support safe and appropriate opioid prescribing practices and help manage patients’ pain.