Media Advisory - Telephone Briefing 

MAR 05, 2018

CONTACT: Sofia Kosmetatos

Media Advisory - Telephone Briefing
National Quality Forum Issues Critical Guidance to Support Safer Opioid Prescribing

Note: This briefing is for media only. A public webinar is scheduled on March 29, 12:00 – 1:30pm ET.


The National Quality Forum (NQF) will unveil an urgently needed guide to support safe and appropriate opioid prescribing to manage patients’ pain. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 46 Americans die every day from prescription opioid-related overdose—a more than four-fold increase since 1999. National experts will discuss how healthcare organizations and clinicians can use NQF’s new resource to help turn the tide of the nation’s opioid epidemic.


  • Paul Conlon, PharmD, JD, Senior Vice President, Chief Quality and Patient Safety, Trinity Health
  • Andrew Friedman, MD, Attending Physician at Virginia Mason Medical Center, and member, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Joan Maxwell, Patient Partner, Patient & Family Centered Care Partners, Inc.
  • Shantanu Agrawal, MD, MPhil, President and CEO, National Quality Forum


Thursday, March 8, 2018
11:00-11:30am ET


The opioid epidemic in America is an urgent public health crisis with devastating consequences. NQF’s National Quality Partners™ (NQP™) convened dozens of experts and national stakeholders from the public and private sectors—including patient partners, clinicians, healthcare organizations, pharmacists, pain management experts, community-based organizations and federal agencies—to address this crisis. Their input helped shape practical guidance for healthcare organizations and communities to improve opioid stewardship, so that patients can be assured safe and effective pain management that reduces their risks of overdose and addiction.

Register to attend the media briefing.