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Category Archives: Opioids

TED Talk Worth Watching: The Agony of Opioid Withdrawal and What Doctors Should Tell Patients About It

Here is a link to a TED Talk “The Agony of Opioid Withdrawal and What Doctors Should Tell Patients About It” shared in a recent CMS  Patient & Family Engagement webinar. It’s 13 minutes long and emphasizes how easily patients can overuse prescribed opioids and how difficult it can be to stop taking this medication. […]

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Opioid Workgroup June 28, 2018 – New Laws & Regulations, Prescribing Practices Reports by Participants

OMW- 06-27-2018-Minutes Florida Opioid Prescribing Info CMS Opioid Epidemic Roadmap Infographic    

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VCSQI SAN 2.0 Opioid Management Workgroup – May 24, 2018

This workgroup discussion reviews survey results of practices which prescribe opioids and recommendations for actions to take to address the opioid misuse epidemic. Recording of Workgroup Call: Power point slides of 5-24-2018 workgroup  OMW- 05-24-2018-minutes- BKC treatment agreement TCPI Opioid story template

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VCSQI SAN 2.0 Opioid Management Workgroup – April 26, 2018

Discussion of Use of Patient & Provider Opioid Agreements/Contracts TPP_Sample_Patient_Contract SamplePatientAgreementForms SamplePrescriberPatientAgreementOpioidTreatmentForNonCancerPain Sample Patient Agreement

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Opioid Pain Management: Expert Presentations March 15, 2018

View 3 presentations from VCSQI Meeting in Richmond, Va. Opioid Pain Management: From Practice to Regulation & Back Again, Barbara Allison-Bryan, MD, Va. Dept. of Health Professions    There and Back Again: An Opioid Tale, Marc Huntoon, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Director of Pain Management, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center   Patient Safety Initiatives & Next […]

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April 28 — DEA’s Take Back Day, Opportunity for Americans to Prevent Drug Misuse & Deaths

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. […]

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Opioid Workgroup Calls

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March 15 – Regulations & Guidelines; Use of Risk Tool; How to Have the Difficult Conversation with a Patient

From Practice to Regulation and Back Again Presented by Barbara Allison-Bryan, MD, Virginia Department of Health Professions, and Marc Huntoon, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management Specialist at VCSQI March 15, 2018 Quarterly Meeting in Richmond, Va. Includes Virginia’s national leadership efforts to impact prescribing practices and evidence-based pain management practices […]

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February 22 Workgroup – CDC Prescribing Guidelines; Cardiovascular Surgery Practice Steps to Create Guidelines

The VCSQI SAN 2.0 Opioid Workgroup reviewed CDC’s Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Non-Cancer pain and how these recommendations may assist you with establishing your own guidelines for other types of patients.  Twelve recommendations are outlined, categorized into three major topics: when to prescribe opioids, how to prescribe opioids, and assessing the patient’s risk […]

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TCPI Success Story: Cardiovascular Surgeons Group Initiated Development of Opioid Step-Down Protocols with Hospital

In November 2017, VCSQI sent out an Opioid Prescribing Survey to its TCPI program participants.  In completing and reviewing the survey responses for his six surgeons at Cardiovascular Surgeons Group (Orlando, FL), CEO Steve Dickson learned that: There were no existing opioid prescribing standards in place, and There is wide variation in prescribing practices amongst […]

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