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Pain and Opioid Use in U.S. Soldiers
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:26 AM

A study published in last month’s JAMA Internal Medicine found an alarming high prevalence of chronic pain (44.0%) and opioid use (15.1%) in the U.S. military after combat deployment. These rates, much higher than estimated rates in the general public (26% and 4%, respectively), remind us of the burdens faced by returning soldiers after deployments, and their urgent and unmet needs for managing chronic pain. Opioids alone cannot be the answer.

NCCAM has prioritized working with the military and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to study nonpharmacologic approaches to managing pain. NCCAM Program Director Dr. Kristen Huntley has previously blogged about the Center’s interest in supporting research on complementary approaches for pain management in military and veteran populations and the Center’s three related funding opportunity announcements for researching nonpharmacologic approaches to managing pain and comorbid conditions.

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TBCE Rules Committee to Meet July 29
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 06:49 AM

The Rules Committee of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners will consider and act, if necessary, on matters within the jurisdiction of the Committee at a meeting on July 29, 2014, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am at the William P. Hobby Building, Tower 2, Room 225, at 333 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78701.  

The Rules Committee, chaired by Larry Montgomery, D.C., will consider the following agenda:

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Standard Process Inc. Unveils New Website
Thursday, July 10, 2014 09:47 PM


Standard Process Inc. announces the launch of its newly redesigned corporate website standardprocess.com. New features on the site include a mobile responsive design, a locate a health care professional tool, and improved navigation. Customers of Standard Process will also find the online ordering process is now a much shorter two-step checkout.

“Our newly designed website offers our customers improvements they were asking for, such as the mobile responsive design,” said Julie Van Leirsburg, information technologies project manager for Standard Process. “We are thrilled to couple a vibrant new look to our website with an array of enhanced features.”

Other features of the new website include updated event and education search tools and more information about Standard Process’ supplements and product lines.

Standard Process manufactures nutritional supplements with whole food ingredients, many of which are grown on the company’s own certified organic farmland. The company sells its products through health care professionals. To see the redesigned site, visit standardprocess.com.

 
Painkiller Prescription Rates Vary Widely Among States
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014 09:52 AM

U.S. health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012, enough to give a bottle of the pills to every adult in the country.  A new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Tuesday, shows prescribing rates vary widely by state. The highest rates are in the Southeast, led by Alabama. Providers in that state wrote 143 prescriptions for every 100 residents, while providers in Hawaii, the state with the lowest rate, wrote 52 for every 100 people, nearly three times fewer.  Other states with very high rates include Tennessee and West Virginia; states with low rates include California and New York.

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Special Fraud Alert: Laboratory Payments to Referring Physicians
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014 09:46 AM

This Special Fraud Alert addresses compensation paid by laboratories to referring physicians and physician group practices (collectively, physicians) for blood specimen collection, processing, and packaging, and for submitting patient data to a registry or database. 

The Office of the Inspector General states "we have repeatedly emphasized that providing free or below-market goods or services to a physician who is a source of referrals, or paying such a physician more than fair market value for his or her services, could constitute illegal remuneration under the anti-kickback statute. This Special Fraud Alert supplements these prior guidance documents and advisory opinions and describes two specific trends OIG has identified involving transfers of value from laboratories to physicians that we believe present a substantial risk of fraud and abuse under the anti-kickback statute."

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