APS E-News | Advocacy Update Report | September 2018
CDC’s New Quality Improvement and Care Coordination Resource
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control has developed and released the Quality Improvement and Care Coordination: Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The quality improvement (QI) measures provided in the resource are meant to be flexible so that healthcare systems and practice leaders can pick interventions that will work best for their practice and patient population.
They are offered as voluntary measures that could help incorporate the evidence contained in CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain in clinical workflow. The purpose of the resource is to encourage careful and selective use of long-term opioid therapy in the context of chronic pain management through
- evidence-based prescribing
- quality improvement (QI) measures to advance the integration of the guideline into clinical
- practice practice-level strategies to improve care coordination
- a resource toolkit.