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Words Matter. Especially When it Comes to Addiction.

Words are powerful. Help reduce negative stereotypes about addiction by changing your language. Although there’s been a concerted effort to bring awareness to the importance of person-first language, stigmatizing language related to substance use disorders is still widely used in our communities, perpetuating negative perceptions of those suffering from addiction. In a recent post on …

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axial takeaway: R in Business

By Meridith Peratikos, Director of Enterprise Research In January, researchers and technologists across a wide range of disciplines and job sectors converged at the RStudio::conf 2019 in Austin, Texas to celebrate and learn about R, a programming language for statistical computing and graphics, as well as discuss RStudio tools that make using R for business …

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axial takeaway: The Importance of Knowing Your Data

By Lindsey Morris, Ph.D., Director of Data Science and Analytics Sin City beckons tens of thousands of technology leaders from around the world to Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) re:Invent, a quintessential, annual technology conference where AWS reveals it’s cutting-edge technology offerings for the coming year. The advancements are always presented during keynote addresses in a minimalistic yet …

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Unpacking the Machine Learning Black Box in Healthcare Applications

By May Shen, Ph.D., Research Data Scientist Machine learning models are being quickly adopted in various industry applications because of their outstanding performance compared to more traditional approaches like linear regression. However, machine learning models are also known as ‘black boxes’ because they provide little explanations for their predictions. The black-box nature of many machine learning …

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2018 in Review: Impactful Literature on Pain & Opioids

At axialHealthcare, our pain and opioid care solutions are based in and continually updated with the latest peer-reviewed evidence. In order to maintain the highest standards for our products, and the patient care they support, our experts sort through thousands of publications each year. Adding more than 100 publications to our compendium this year, we’ve …

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Medical Cannabis: Therapeutic Utility and Risks

By Louis J Czaja, PharmD, BCGP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist As America’s opioid epidemic continues to escalate, the discussion surrounding legalizing medical marijuana has been widely considered as a means to combat it. Currently, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, with 40 million people 12 years of age or older reporting …

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axial takeaway: “It’s not just biology”

By Amber Watson, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, Scientific Writer The World Health Organization defines social determinants of health (SDOH) as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age.” Examples of SDOH include economic stability, education, and social support. As the health system moves away from fee-for-service reimbursement and toward value-based care reimbursement, …

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Chronic Pain: The Other Public Health Crisis

“We want to make sure that as we deal with the opioid crisis, we keep in mind those Americans who are hurting.” This statement was made by Senate Health Committee Chairman Senator Lamar Alexander during this week’s Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearing amidst increasing public discussion of the impact of the opioid …

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Navigating the Opioid Reduction Landscape

Navigating the Opioid Reduction Landscape

The increasing number of opioid overdose deaths over the last decade has resulted in a public health response centered around thoughtful opioid prescribing practices and careful consideration of risk versus benefit when initiating opioids for pain treatment. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines around prescribing opioids for chronic pain, …

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Proposed Changes to 42 CFR Part 2: What You Need to Know

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed reforms that would revise the regulations governing patient records of substance use disorder and treatment that are subject to extra privacy laws. The current federal law, known as 42 CFR Part 2 (Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulation), predates the Health Insurance …

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