OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – Owensboro Health was selected to participate in a collaborative of healthcare systems that will implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.
Owensboro Health joins healthcare systems across 11 states in putting the CDC Guideline tools and protocols into place.
The hospitals will be early adopters of the recommendations, with the goal being to improve long-term pain care and opioid prescribing.
“As a member of the collaborative, Owensboro Health will help to establish best practices for opioid prescription management in our region and across the United States,” said David Danhauer, M.D., chief medical information officer for Owensboro Health. “We will test and evaluate six quality measures that align with the CDC Guideline, and the results will be used to improve processes at other healthcare systems.”
“Owensboro Health is a natural fit for this project because of our ongoing efforts in the area of opioid management,” said Dr. Danhauer. “Last November, we piloted Kentucky’s KASPER data sharing system, and our EMR provider EPIC has been working on integrating the CDC Guideline recommendations within clinical workflow for several months.”
(This story was originally published on October 10, 2019)