Expertise
Five Barriers to MAT Access  |  August 28, 2019

A recent McKinsey and Co. study suggests the nationwide prevalence of opioid use disorder (OUD) could be upwards of four to six million people, significantly higher than government estimates. And despite progress toward increasing addiction treatment access, only 25% of those with OUD receive any kind of treatment and only half of those are still…

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Five Challenges to Safe Opioid Prescribing  |  July 25, 2019

For health plans and providers, managing patients on opioids requires a delicate balance between the patient’s pain management needs and the risk of opioid misuse. We asked our clinical experts to highlight their biggest challenges to improving care for patients on opioids, and their answers reflect the changing pain management and addiction landscape. 1. Lack…

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axial Takeaway: PAINWeekEnd Nashville 2019  |  June 7, 2019

By Holly Little, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, and Bethany Bedford, PharmD, BCACP, CPE, Principal, Clinical Advisor New Markets and Programs Constructed for the busy clinician, the PAINWeekEnd Regional Conference Series is a precursor to the renowned PAINWeek conference and brings certified medical education to healthcare professionals in all disciplines with an interest in pain management….

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Higher Opioid Dose = Higher Surgical Spend & Worse Patient Outcomes  |  May 23, 2019

Roughly 40% of patients in need of knee, hip or shoulder joint replacement are prescribed opioids prior to surgery. However, preoperative opioid use is associated with worse patient outcomes, higher health plan costs, higher opioid use during the surgical hospital stay, and a lower likelihood of discontinuing opioids after surgery. In our most recent study…

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axial Takeaway: Tennessee Pharmacists Association Pharmacy Day on the Hill  |  March 8, 2019

By Stacey E. Grant, PharmD, VP of Clinical Operations In February, I had the opportunity to spend time with state lawmakers and advocate on behalf of the healthcare community for patients with chronic pain and patients in need of opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment during the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) Pharmacy Day on the Hill…

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The Inner Workings of Machine Learning: An exploration into a predictive model’s decisions  |  February 28, 2019

By David Simon, Ph.D., Research Data Scientist Predicting a patient’s risk for adverse outcomes is an important part of delivering personalized care and improving the lives of patients. In order to achieve these goals, axialHealthcare has developed a number of machine learning models that quantify patient risk. An exciting example is our machine learning model…

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