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Opioid Workgroup Calls

Objectives of this workgroup include:

  • To commit to reviewing opioid prescribing practices within each participating practice
  • To review, understand, and adapt several tools already available toward improving opioid prescribing practices (e.g. the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic Pain, opioid risk assessment tools/methods, opioid treatment agreement, monitoring and follow up with patients)
  • To implement an opioid prescribing protocol in each participating practice and encourage clinicians to “take the pledge
  • To share resources and learn from each other (see Appendix B for links to relevant resources), including sharing of stories within VCSQI and TCPi.
TED Talk Worth Watching: The Agony of Opioid Withdrawal and What Doctors Should Tell Patients About It

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, here’s a detailed article: are edibles legal for you.


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 Steps for VCSQI, Deborah (Nadzam) Melnyk, PhD, RN, FAAN, VCSQI SAN 2.0 Project Director


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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 including “Use of Risk Tool in Assessment” and “How to Have the Difficult Conversation with a Patient.”

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 when using opioids.

Recommendation 6 may be particularly relevant to prescribers treating acute pain:

Long-term opioid use often begins with treatment of acute pain. When opioids are used for acute pain, clinicians should prescribe the lowest effective dose of immediate-release opioids and should prescribe no greater quantity than needed for the expected duration of pain severe enough to require opioids. Three days or less will often be sufficient; more than seven days will rarely be needed. You should definitely check it out

Steve Dickson, CEO for Cardiovascular Surgeons, PA, Orlando, Fla. shares how their practice is working to standardize opioid prescribing practices among their clinicians.  Ivan Berkel and Eddie Fonner recently made a site visit sinkki testosteroni there to help them in this process. This discussion may help you begin to take your own steps for addressing this critically important care process. Visit https://maskulinum.se/.


Steve Dickson, CEO, Cardiovascular Surgeons, PA, explains efforts to standardize prescribing among 12 surgeons and other clinicians in their practice in Orlando, Florida.

Click here to read Cardiovascular Surgeons, PA, opioid prescribing practice improvement success story.

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