Opioid Guidelines & Recommendations

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Implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Incorporate Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) knowledge, tools and best practices into everyday clinical practice for chronic pain management! This change package posted in January 2019 includes evidence-based prescribing guidelines, practice-level strategies and quality improvement measures that will help integrate the CDC Guidelines into everyday workflows. Practice leaders can use the tools provided …

New 2019 Medicare Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented new opioid policies for Medicare drug plans effective January 1, 2019. The new policies include: Improved safety alerts when patients fill opioid prescriptions at the pharmacy Drug management programs for patients at-risk for misuse or abuse of opioids or other drugs Training materials include: Slide decks …

Facing Addiction in America

Facing Addiction in America is the Surgeon General’s key message to the general public, especially family and friends of people affected by opioids. This website also includes the Full 2016 Surgeon General’s Report, naloxone advisory, public helplines and other federal resources.

How to Apply for Opioid Treatment Program Certification

Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP) that dispense medications for the treatment of substance use disorders must conform with federal regulations and be certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Division of Pharmacologic Therapies. This SAMHSA resource includes everything needed to complete the OTP application and certification process. Federal and state codes, application …

Medication-Assisted Treatment Implementation Checklist

Do members in your community who struggle with addiction have adequate access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)? Use this Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) checklist to assess your community and identify the key elements to consider when engaging in efforts to increase access to MAT.

The Joint Commission Pain Assessment and Management Accreditation Standards and Resources (New and Revised January 1, 2018)

Review the new and revised Joint Commission standards for pain assessment and management along with related videos, podcasts, tools and articles. These resources will help hospitals and facilities establish effective approaches to pain and opioid harm prevention.

Mathematics of Pain Relief

Opioid painkillers are not the most effective way to treat most acute pain. Find out about the mathematics of pain relief and how the Number Needed to Treat (NNT) formula is used to determine and compare the effectiveness of opioids to other pain relief options in this easy-to-share infographic.

Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS)

Take full advantage of the technology available to prevent opioid harm – use Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS), now available throughout the U.S. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Health IT Playbook describes the benefits of EPCS and explains how to bring EPCS into your practice. See General Q & …

Information Related to Mental and Behavioral Health, Including Opioid Overdose

This one-stop resource includes guidance and other materials on how HIPAA applies to mental health and substance use disorder information. This site will be periodically updated with additional information.

National Institute on Drug Abuse Medical & Health Professionals (NIDAMED) Resources Page

The National Institute on Drug Abuse Medical & Health Professionals (NIDAMED) webpage provides resources for opioids, addiction, abuse, crisis, and treatment.

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