According to a 2017 report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the national rate of opioid-related inpatient stays (hospitalizations) increased 64.1% and the national rate of opioid-related emergency department (ED) visits increased 99.4% from 2005 to 2014. Despite these data, the vast majority of hospitals in the United States have not implemented intervention and treatment initiation protocols that have been demonstrated to have a major impact on reducing morbidity and mortality. As of yet, there is no standard set of practices for hospital-based interventions.
This session will review the impact of the opioid epidemic on hospital services, present an emerging set of best practices that hospitals can and should implement, and discuss strategies to increase wide-scale adoption. Over the past several years, Boston Medical Center, New England’s largest safety net hospital, has implemented broad-based policies and programming to not only reduce opioid prescribing but also to identify, intervene, and initiate treatment for patients with opioid use disorder. Programs include ED-based treatment initiation and inpatient addiction consultation services, which have shown not only clinical success in engaging patients in treatment, but also reductions in subsequent ED visits and hospitalizations.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.