NQF’s National Quality Partners (NQP) is launching a new initiative on opioid stewardship to help address the nation’s escalating epidemic. The opportunity to participate on the NQP Opioid Stewardship Action Team is open exclusively to NQF Members and is limited to 25 individuals.
The NQP Opioid Stewardship Action Team will develop a playbook
to help healthcare providers better manage their patients’ pain while reducing
the risk of opioid addiction. This practical resource will build on current
public- and private-sector efforts to address the opioid epidemic and focus on
improving clinicians’ prescribing practices.
“As an emergency medicine doctor, I’ve seen first-hand the
devastating effects of opioid misuse on our nation’s health, and it is
imperative that we all work together to address it,” says Shantanu Agrawal, MD,
MPhil, NQF’s president and CEO. “This new initiative will provide those on the
frontlines with essential guidance for better, safer management of patients’
Agrawal was an architect of the Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services’ Opioid Misuse Strategy, issued in early 2017.
The NQP Opioid Stewardship Action Team will identify
strategies and tactics for managing the care of individuals who are at high
risk of becoming dependent on opioids and will advance quality measures that
support providers and the care of patients with chronic pain. The NQP Opioid
Stewardship Playbook will be available in March 2018.
NQF will model the NQP Opioid Stewardship Action Team after
other successful efforts to tackle national healthcare priorities. Last year,
NQP issued a playbook
to help hospitals strengthen antibiotic stewardship programs and released an issue
brief to help providers, communities, and policymakers ensure that the
preferences and values of individuals with advanced illness are at the center
of care decisions.
Leadership Consortium ranked this initiative to address the nation’s
growing opioid crisis as NQP’s next key area of focus during its June 2017 in-person
Learn more about how
to participate on this new Action Team and submit a statement
of interest by August 10, 2017. NQF will notify selected Action Team
participants by September 1, 2017.
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