Medication Safety LAN Event: January 2017

Topic: Promising Interventions to Improve Safety and Reduce Opioid Adverse Events

Date: Thursday, January 262017


This Medication Safety Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event was open to beneficiaries, families, healthcare providers, practitioners, partners, and Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs).

Call Summary:

This event focused on interventions utilized by two different Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and a large payer to reduce the risks of opioid use and improve the safety of opioid prescribing. Consider what steps your organization can take to improve opioid safety or share what steps you have already taken to improve safety for your population.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the breadth and depth of the current opioid epidemic.
  • Explain how collaboration with a quality improvement organization (QIO) may improve outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries and patients.
  • Implement possible interventions to reduce adverse events associated with opioids and/‚Äčor understand who to contact to assist in creating interventions to improve opioid safety.

Slides & Recorded Presentation:

  • To view the slides for this event, click here.
  • To view the recorded presentation, click here.

Meet the Speakers:

Anita Thomas, PharmD
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Jennifer Thomas, PharmD
Delmarva Foundation

Cheryl Anderson, BS, RPh
The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence

Anne Myrka, BS Pharm, MAT

Margherita R. Giuliano, RPh, CAE
Connecticut Pharmacists Association

Thomas Kowalski, RPh
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

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