The “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse is nearly $80 million. We were discussing opioid dependence in my CDI education session last week and it spurred me to write this article. Each week we review a topic often elicited by a real-life case. Opioid misuse and addiction is a public…
The U.S. is in the middle of flu season this month and the opioid crisis appears unabated. There are several public health issues that are impacting the United States at the moment, and this article will focus on two of them: flu immunization and the opioid epidemic, in particular.   Have…
Patients in New York may be certified to use medical marijuana as a substitute for opioids. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a transcript of a recent Talk Ten Tuesday broadcast featuring the author. An interesting development in the use of medical marijuana was reported recently by a number of major…
AHIMA hopes data gathering and sharing will help address the issue. Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die as a result of opioid overdose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NDA). Tracing the origin of the crisis to the widespread distribution of opioid pain…
AHIMA is recognizing the contributions being made by healthcare information professionals throughout the country this week. The American Health Information Association (AHIMA) is celebrating health information professionals during the 29th annual Health Information Professionals (HIP) this week (March 18–24, 2018). Each year, HIP Week provides a platform to celebrate the…