Opioid Risk Management
Why is this important?
The prevalence of chronic pain and the complex, related risks of opioid management will require dedication and input from all staff members, from the patient, and loved ones in order to be managed well. This module will help practices as a whole optimize management while mitigating risks related to caring for patients with chronic pain, including those who need to be prescribed opioids in any form, whether for a brief or an extended period of time.
How will these tools help?
- According to the Institute of Medicine’s report, “Relieving Pain in America” , 1 in 3 Americans suffer from chronic pain; 100 million American suffer chronic pain from just three diagnoses alone: back pain, headaches and arthritis.
- Chronic pain is the number one cause of adult disability in the United States.
- Overdoses (>50,000) have now surpassed car accidents as the number one cause of injury-related deaths in the United States and could soon approach 93,000/year .
- Chronic pain costs the United States economy more than $600 billion in direct healthcare costs and lost productivity every year. The costs of pain medications represent only 4 % of the total medical costs of pain.
- Reducing overreliance on opioids for both acute and chronic pain will help reduce the incidence, prevalence, and negative consequences of side effects, misuse, abuse and diversion.
- Mitigate risks to patients associated with opiate prescribing.
- Support a culture of team-based care and of informed, cohesive communication which will benefit the patient and improve the accuracy and effectiveness of the treatment plan.
- Reduce after-hours calls and reduce medico-legal liability.
- Optimize and define the frequency and expectations for patients, staff and providers surrounding office visits and phone calls, improving clinician, practice staff and patient satisfaction.
- Decrease the odds of opiate related deaths.
Practice Advisor Content Manager
Jillian Schneider, MHA
Manager Practice Support, American College of Physicians
Gregory A. Hood, MD, MACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Kentucky School of Medicine
Cynthia (Daisy) Smith, MD, FACP
Vice President, Clinical Programs
American College of Physicians
Monica Lizarraga, MPH
Practice Support Coordinator
Cheryl Rusten, MPA
Programs and Grants Manager
Margo Williams, MHA
Senior Associate, Medical Practice
Gregory A. Hood, MD, MACP; Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Kentucky School of Medicine
- 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 1.00 Attendance
- 20.00 ABIM MOC
- 20.00 ABMS MOC