Opioid Safety, Patient Safety, Physician-Patient Relationship

3 Key Patient Safety Initiatives for 2019 PPAHS Presents at the AARC Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit

At the recent 4th Annual AARC Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit, Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) discussed 3 key patient safety initiatives for PPAHS for 2019.

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Also speaking with Mr. Wong on the panel discussion were:

Tim Myers (Chief Business Officer, AARC) moderated the session.

The 3 key patient safety initiatives for 2019 emphasized by Mr. Wong are:

  • Opioid Safety – PPAHS is one of the few patient safety advocates, if not the only, advocating for safer in-hospital use of opioids (no matter what mode of administration – IV, oral, intramuscular, transdermal, etc). Said Mr. Wong, “Most patient advocates concentrate on opioid overdoses, misuse, and diversion that occurs outside of a medical setting. While “street overdoses and users” deserve care and sympathy, by looking at in-hospital opioid safety, PPAHS focuses on what we consider is the root cause of the issue.” PPAHS recommends that all patients receiving opioids in hospital should be continuously electronically monitored.
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  • Open Access – Access by patients to physician-recommended treatments, so that all patients are able to receive such treatments in a timely and affordable manner is a growing concern, said Mr. Wong. He emphasized that without access to treatments, patients will not see improved care.
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  • Sanctity of the Physician-Patient Relationship – To ensure that patients receive physician-recommended treatments, physicians must be able to prescribe medications that they believe are in the best interests of their patients. Interference with this physician-patient relationship by individuals or companies who are not the patient’s doctor may be illegal practices of medicine, said Mr. Wong, which may be subject to criminal and civil liabilities.
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Respiratory Compromise

Hospitalists can play a key role in prevention of respiratory compromise Is respiratory compromise the new ‘sepsis’?

By Jeffrey S. Vender, MD

Clinicians and even the general public are aware of the dangers of sepsis, the life-threatening illness caused by a body’s response to an infection. Irrespective of one’s perception of pharmaceutical marketing materials or the evidence-based medicine used, awareness about sepsis has led to earlier diagnosis and interventions that have likely saved countless patients’ lives.

Moreover, hospitalists have played a key role in sepsis prevention.

Please click here to read the article by Dr. Vender.

Dr. Jeffery Vender is the emeritus Harris Family Foundation chairman of the department of anesthesiology at NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, Ill. He is clinical professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and chairman, Clinical Advisory Committee, Respiratory Compromise Institute. Dr. Vender has consulted with Medtronic


Patient Safety, Practices & Tips

3 Tips for Successfully Discharging a Senior Patient from Hospital

According to the Census Bureau, seniors made up 13.3% of the U.S. population in 2011 and will account for at least 20% of the population by 2060. Max Gottlieb discusses 3 tips for successful discharging a senior patient from hospital.

By Max Gottlieb (Senior Planning)

After being discharged from a hospital, seniors and their families not only have to worry about speeding up recovery through post-operation dieting or physical therapy, but they can experience a myriad of issues completely unrelated to physical health. Knowing what to expect when dealing with the American healthcare system, especially when the patient is using Medicare, can ensure that your loved one has the best possible care under your supervision.  

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Physician-Patient Relationship

Obstacles to Physician-Prescribed Medications – Cost, Delays, and Denials Advocates and Pharmaceuticals Attend BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit

Patient health and safety advocates and the biopharmaceutical industry share a commitment to improve patient care and safety to removing obstacles to physician-prescribed medications. At the recent BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit, advocates and industry met to discuss these shared concerns. Representatives from the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety attended the Summit.

There were two major key concerns discussed:

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Patient Safety, Practices & Tips

Treatment and Prevention of Peanut Allergy Two New Therapies for Peanut Allergy

Allergies to peanuts has increasing significantly. In this guest article, Campion Quinn, MD discusses the treatment and prevention of peanut allergy. Dr. Quinn also considers new therapies for peanut allergy.

By Campion Quinn, MD

The prevalence of peanut allergy in the US has more than quadrupled in the past 13 years going from 0.4% in 1997 to 2% in 2010, amounting to more than 6.5 million people.  It has become a significant issue in homes, schools, restaurants, and physician’s offices.

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Physician-Patient Relationship

The Liabilities of Non-Medication Switching and Other Insurer Practices Are Health Insurers Practicing Medicine?

Michael Wong, JD (founder and executive director of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) spoke about the liabilities of non-medication switching and other insurer practices, such as prior authorizations and step therapies, at the Cardiometabolic Health Congress, which took place from October 24-27, 2018. Speaking with Mr. Wong were:

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Blood Clots

Early Detection of AFib: Empowering Patients Patients Should Ask to Be Screened for AFib

PPAHS is proud to support and participate in WomenHeart’s National AFib Month Screening Campaign. PPAHS asks clinicians to please screen for AFib.

By WomenHeart (WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) patient advocacy organization with thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, health care providers, advocates and consumers committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives. WomenHeart supports, educates and advocates on behalf of the nearly 48 million American women living with or at risk of heart disease.)

Approximately 1.5 million American women live with atrial fibrillation (AFib), which is an irregular heartbeat. One of the most effective means of detection of AFib is through “opportunistic screenings” with primary care providers, these screenings identify more people with AFib than arranged screenings.

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Patient Safety

A New Take on Managing Pain

In this guest post, Dr. Aliza Weinrib advocates for a new take on managing pain.

By Dr. Aliza Weinrib Clinical Psychologist, University Health Network

We have all been there. That moment when your doctor asks you, “So… how has your pain been since I’ve seen you last?”

At that moment, you turn to your memory to provide you with a summary of all the ups and downs that you have been through. Of course, you remember your pain! Your pain is very hard to forget or ignore!

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