By Blair Childs, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier
Members of the Premier alliance are extremely pleased to support recommendations contained in the White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis’s Interim Report.
In particular, we are strong supporters of efforts to enhance provider education around opioid prescribing. Earlier this month, Premier announced the Safer Post-operative Pain Management: Reducing Opioid-related Harm pilot through its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), which is part of the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Partnership for Patients program. The pilot will be dedicated to improving opioid prescribing and redesigning pain management strategies.
We were also commend that the Commission’s recommendation for the rapid adoption of the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, legislation that will greatly improve caregivers’ ability to provide whole-person, coordinated care, prevent adverse events and enhance treatment for patients struggling with substance use and addiction. As we have noted previously, this law is critical to avoid a two-tiered system that unfairly disadvantages those struggling with addiction, by blocking their caregivers from information that would enable them to recommend proactive treatments that can save lives.
We look forward to working with the Commission to advance these and other common sense solutions that will go far to addressing the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic.
-By Blair Childs, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier