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To Join or Not to Join an ACO

This resource looks at the pros, cons and key questions for practices to ask before committing to join an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).  ACOs provide a novel payment delivery model that is intended to improve patient outcomes by holding providers to certain quality standards.  Practices interested in joining one of these organizations must be aware …

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Leveraging Outside Resources and Addressing Patient and Family Stigma (Behavioral Health Series – 5 of 5)

This Telligen webinar recorded in May 2019 covers the guiding principles of behavioral health recovery. Concepts and practices to address mental disorders and substance abuse disorders are explored, including social determinants of health, the importance of partnerships and reducing stigma through the use of a universal screening for behavioral health in medical settings.

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QPP Quick Bites On Demand: Risk Adjustment in Today’s Value-Based Care

Telligen Program Specialist Sandy Swallow hosts this 30-minute Quality Payment Program (QPP) Quick Bites on Demand webinar recorded in May 2019. This session focuses on the factors used in the risk-adjustment methodology. Risk adjustment is a process the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses in the calculations for the Cost category measures, Complex …

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The American Dental Association Commitment to Ending the Opioid Crisis

The American Dental Association (ADA) website provides information for dental professionals and patients on the opioid crisis. It provides practical guides for safe prescribing, free online continuing education and tools for managing dental pain. Patients can learn about the benefits and drawbacks of using opioid pain medications, questions to ask the dentist and how to …

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Frequently Asked Questions About Prescribing Opioids for Dental Pain

Find answers to frequently asked questions about prescribing opioids for dental pain, especially for patients who are at risk for drug overdose or addiction, on this American Dental Association webpage updated in November 2018.

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Opioids – Information for Dentists

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research offers a wide selection of helpful tips and resources for dentists to stay up-to- date on opioid issues. This webpage reviewed in January 2019 includes the American Dental Association’s current opioid policy, tips on counseling patients on opioid use and access to state dental regulations.

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Improving Opioid Prescribing: the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, and Considerations for Dentistry

This 2017 webinar hosted by the American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on non-opioid strategies for pain management following dental surgery and how chronic pain recommendations can be applied to manage acute pain.

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Association Between Long-term Opioid Use in Family Members and Persistent Opioid Use After Surgery Among Adolescents and Young Adults

Dentists should consider this risk factor for opioid dependence: Young adults undergoing surgical or dental procedures who have long-term opioid use in their families, according to this study published in the February 2019 issue of JAMA Surgery.

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Training Experiences Regarding Pain Management, Addiction, and Drug Diversion of Dentists Enrolled the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network

Training on pain management, addiction, and drug diversion can have a positive impact on dentists’ opioid prescribing practices, according to this study published in the March 2019 issue of Substance Abuse Journal.

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Implications of Use of Opioid-Containing Analgesics for Palliation of Acute Dental Pain

This study, published in the January/February 2019 issue of the Journal of Opioid Management, suggests that use of opioid pain relievers does not resolve underlying dental conditions and contributes to drug misuse and adverse interactions.