Evolution, Not Revolution: Opioid Safety in 2021
In 2013, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) implemented the most comprehensive assessment and overhaul of opioid prescribing and pain care of any healthcare system in the country. This sweeping reform was labeled the Opioid Safety Initiative and attempted to curb inappropriate opioid prescribing and provide alternative pain care strategies. The course will discuss how the initiative has progressed and challenges associated with clinical care and regulatory oversight, especially with the backdrop of COVID-19. In addition, the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline of Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain (2017) will be reviewed along with key differences from the CDC Guideline as related to Veterans’ care. Now more than ever, providers are faced with the difficult task of reducing opioid prescribing and simultaneously improving function, all while minimizing risk. The lessons from VHA will enable healthcare providers to successfully reduce a reliance on opioids and minimize risks related to opioids and tapering, while exploring different aspects of multimodal pain care. Finally, the expansion of the VA’s Opioid Safety Initiative at the facility level with a primary focus on risk mitigation will be reviewed, including the availability and expansion of treatment modalities for opioid use disorder and evidence-based treatments for pain.
- 1.00 AAFP
- 1.00 AANP
- 1.00 ACCME (All Other)
- 1.00 ACCME (MD/DO Only)
- 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 APA
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