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Important LINKS & RESOURCES

Health Care and Medical Organizations


The American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.  


American Medical Association promotes the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health and continues to be the leading advocate for physicians and their patients.


American Health Care Association provides information on long-term care including  issue papers, links to U.S. Government reports and databases, and more.


American Academy of Family Physicians preserves and promotes the science and art of family medicine and ensures high-quality, cost-effective health care for patients of all ages.


American Health Information Management Association is the community of professionals engaged in health information management, providing support to members and strengthening the industry and profession.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is a home to research centers that specialize in major areas of health care research such as quality improvement and patient safety, outcomes and effectiveness of care, clinical practice and technology assessment, and health care organization and delivery systems. It is also a major source of funding and technical assistance for health services research and research training at leading U.S. universities and other institutions


The American Academy of Medical Management serves as an educational resource in the U.S. for people working in the business side of health care.


The College of American Pathologists, the principal organization of board-certified pathologists, serves and represents the interest of patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine.


Institute of Medicine is a nonprofit organization for science-based advice on matters of biomedical science, medicine, and health. The Institute provides a vital service by working outside the framework of government to ensure scientifically informed analysis and independent guidance.


Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO), an independent and not-for-profit organization, is the predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.


National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. The organization is frequently referred to as a watchdog for the managed care industry.



Health Law Organizations


The American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) is an educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field.


Legislative Information

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) addresses the security and privacy of health data and establishes national standards for electronic health care transactions.


State Legislative Database Search offers key-word searching of all Internet accessible state legislatures.


US Code of Federal Regulations is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.


Telemedicine, Technology & Health Law is Alan S. Goldberg's site on telemedicine, health law, fraud and abuse and related issues.


THOMAS provides Congressional legislative information via the Internet.


Kaiser Family Foundation provides access to resources and information on major areas of health care policy, including narrated slide lectures, research, data, and policy analysis.


Health Care News and Current Events


America's Health Insurance Plans is the national trade association representing the health insurance industry. Their website provides information about health care news and policy updates.


FierceHealthcare provides healthcare management news for healthcare industry executives.



Modern Healthcare provides healthcare business and policy news, research and information


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Publications

AJPH American Journal of Public Health 


Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law


NEJM

The New England Journal of Medicine 

PubMed/MEDLINE  



JAMA

Journal of the American Medical Association American Journal of Public Health 


Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 

PubMed/MEDLINE  

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Timeline of the Crisis

Here's a list of Facts, Statistics, Studies, and Links explaining the TIMELINE of Events Leading up to Today's ILLICIT FENTANYL Abuse & Overdose   Crisis. 

PAIN WARRIORS UNITE FACTS (pdf)

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SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES

RESOURCES FOR PATIENTS/CONSUMERS AND FAMILIES


The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 

Follow this link or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to access immediate assistance.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s “With Help Comes Hope” website has information for survivors, friends and families, and clinicians. It has survivor stories, self-care tips, “7 things attempt survivors wish their friends and families knew,” a therapist and support group finder, videos, and more.

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CRISIS TEXT LINE:


Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text.



Family & Youth Services Bureau's Family Violence Prevention Services Program exists to ensure that all victims of domestic violence have access to the services and supports that they need to live a life free of abuse. 


A Guide for Taking Care of Yourself after Your Treatment in the Emergency Department is a brief brochure designed to support people in recovery from a suicide attempt. This resource guides individuals moving forward following emergency department treatment and coping with thoughts of suicide. A Spanish version is also available.


A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member after Treatment in the Emergency Department is an accompaniment to the patient guide designed for families coping with a relative’s suicide attempt. It reviews treatment processes and typical follow-up arrangements. A Spanish version is also available.


A Journey Toward Health and Hope: Your Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt guides individuals through the first steps toward recovery after a suicide attempt. Includes personal stories from survivors who share their experiences as well as strategies, such as re-establishing connections and finding a counselor to work with.


Stories of Hope and Recovery is a video guide for suicide attempt survivors and features inspiring stories from three people who survived an attempted suicide. Told through their voices and those of their families, the stories recount their journeys from the suicide attempt to a life of hope and recovery. Includes a video guide.

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PATIENT RESOURCES - PAIN MANAGEMENT

PAIN MANAGEMENT


The management of chronic pain is challenging for both patients and clinicians. However, it can be done successfully. Consumers benefit most when their health providers collaborate with other professionals ( e.g., psychologists, addiction counselors, pharmacists) and when they take on a significant role in optimal management of their pain. 

Consumers should discuss with their health providers treatment goals that include reducing pain, maximizing function, and improving quality of life. The best outcomes can be achieved when chronic pain management addresses co-occurring behavioral health disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety) and when it incorporates suitable nonpharmacologic and complementary therapies for symptom management. 

RESOURCES


The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society that works to elevate the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve patient care. Since 1905, ASA has played an important role in American medicine acting as an advocate for all patients who require anesthesia or relief from pain. ASA’s website provides information on treating chronic pain and the potential challenges of treating this condition, opioid treatment for pain management and non-opioid options for treatment.



The CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, provides resources on how to communicate with patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reduce the risks associated with long-term opioid therapy. Download the checklist for prescribing opioids and browse additional clinical tools to help implement the recommendations. 


HHS’ newly released National Pain Strategy, details steps the Federal government is taking to improve provider education on pain management practices and overcome barriers to improve the quality of pain care. 


The PainEDU website provides numerous resources and information on managing chronic pain. Resources include a pocket guide to pain management, a client workbook and information on cross-cultural pain management.


The Mayo Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Center Program is an intensive 3-week outpatient program focused on providing multidisciplinary rehabilitative therapy to patients with chronic pain with the goal of improving quality of life and facilitating a return to regular daily activities.


Cognitive Therapy for Pain by Beverly E. Thorn is a paper that specifically targets the cognitive psychological processes (pain-related thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs) shown to be important predictors of satisfactory adjustment to chronic painful conditions.


The ECHO project done through the University of New Mexico is a telehealth project that allows providers from all over the country to get assistance for difficult pain management cases through virtual consultation with a pain management team at the UNM. This great resource for those practicing in rural areas without pain specialists for referral.


TIP 54: Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders equips clinicians with practical guidance and tools for treating chronic pain in adults with substance use disorders. This TIP includes information and resources on patient assessment, talking with patients about medication supply, addiction behaviors, opiod misuse measures, and pain treatment agreements. 

Group Health established a major initiative to prevent Opiod abuse and overdose and make opioid prescribing safer while improving care for patients with chronic pain.

Chronic Opioid Therapy Safety Guideline for Patients With Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

The Center for Practical Bioethics-Pain Action Initiative: A National Strategy (PAINS) shares podcasts, reports, and information from various national efforts to improve the treatment of individuals with chronic pain

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