Working Together to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse and Overdose Deaths
3. General Practice Initiative: Expand safe prescribing initiative to targeted, major Provider Groups/Delivery Systems across LA County.
a. 78 of 78 EDs in LA County continue to follow AAEM Safe Prescribing guidelines and distribute LAC patient handout or equivalent.
b. All 78 EDs with >90% CURES registration for providers and all institute Policy for use with opioid prescribing.
c. 15 EDs implement EDIE within 18 months.
a. Identify a core group of Provider Groups/Delivery Systems (primary care, dentistry, etc.) who commit/pledge to the
Safe Prescribing effort.
- Target Groups/Systems: HealthCare Partners, AltaMed, SCPMG, LAC DHS, Facey/Providence, Eldorado, CCALAC, UCLA, Molina, and IPAs (through Health Plans), LA Dental Society.
b. Participating Provider Groups/Delivery Systems adopt and implement safe prescribing practices consistent with the
CDC Opioid Guidelines and/or Oregon Guidelines. Each will implement a core set of specific activities/processes that
support safe prescribing, e.g., required educational program/academic detailing; regular measurement and reporting;
provider lists and feedback; peer review/pre-authorization; active decision support at time of prescribing; workflow
protocols; eConsultation from pain management/addiction medicine; others to be determined.
c. All providers register with CURES and follow policy of use with opioid prescribing by their Provider Group/Delivery System.
d. Collaborate/Coordinate with pharmacy practice (pharmacists’ “corresponding responsibility”).
e. All participating Health Plans support and sponsor Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiatives involving provider networks, including manage communications across networks; and each Plan will implement and/or enhance a core set of
specific activities/processes that support safe prescribing, including monitoring and reporting prescribing patterns over time.
a. Identify at least 50-75 Urgent Care Centers (independent and with major provider groups/delivery systems) that
commit/pledge to Safe Prescribing effort.
b. All participating Urgent Care/Provider Groups adopt and put into practice the AAEM safe prescribing guidelines and distribute the LA County patient handout or equivalent.
c. All participating Urgent Care/Provider Groups with >90% CURES registration for providers and all institute a policy for use with opioid prescribing.
Strengthen the ED Initiative following AAEM guidelines and patient information communications.
- Coordinate with EDIE (Emergency Department Information Exchange) implementation for information exchange.
Expand the adoption and implementation of the AAEM guidelines and patient information communications to Urgent Care Centers.
Expand safe prescribing initiative to targeted, major Provider Groups/Delivery Systems.
2. Urgent Care Initiative: Expand to Urgent Care Centers the adoption and implementation of the AAEM guidelines and patient information communications.
1. ED Initiative: Strengthen the ED Initiative following AAEM guidelines and patient information communications.
Leads: Maureen McCollough, MD and Katie Ward, MD
Activate the medical (and dental) community to support evidence-based pain management and safe opioid prescribing to reduce opioid over-prescribing, misuse, abuse, and diversion.