To address California’s opioid epidemic and accelerate hospital progress to reduce opioid related deaths, this fall Cal Hospital Compare will designate select hospitals as Opioid Safe for the purpose of supporting continued quality improvement and recognizing hospitals for their contributions fighting the epidemic. CHC along with other partners will publicly recognize hospitals designated as Opioid Safe.
To measure opioid safety across all California hospitals, in a standardized way, CHC collaboratively developed the Opioid Safe Hospital Self-Assessment. This self- assessment measures opioid safety across 4 domains: 1) preventing new opioid starts, 2) identifying and managing patients with Opioid Use Disorder, 3) preventing harm in high-risk patients, and 4) applying cross-cutting organizational strategies. CHC designed this tool as both a measurement and quality improvement tool. All California, adult, acute care hospitals are eligible to participate in this program.
Assessment window is May 13 – Sept 18, 2019. Please first complete the Opioid Safe Hospital Self-Assessment then e-submit your hospital’s responses via e-survey here.
To further accelerate hospital progress, CHC will offer a no cost, 5-part webinar series, with peer-to-peer support, starting May 2019 with the kick-off webinar. The webinar series is designed for Chief Medical Officers, Chief Nursing Officers, Chief Quality Officers, Quality and Emergency Department leadership, and other individuals involved in improving opioid safety. CHC will actively work with Opioid Safe Hospital Program participants to select relevant topics for the webinar series. CME credit and 1 BRN contact hour will be offered to qualified professionals who attends a webinar. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 15958 for 1.0 contact hour. Registration links below (please note all webinars are scheduled for 11am PST):
Webinar #1 (May 9): Addressing California’s Opioid Epidemic – Introducing the Opioid Safe Hospital Designation
Webinar #2 (Jun 6): Beyond adopting prescribing guidelines: monitoring and strengthening the prescribing patterns of clinicians
Webinar #3 (Jul 10): Initiating MAT in the hospital: Unique aspects from the ED and inpatient settings
Register Here: Webinar #4 (Aug 27): The nuts and bolts of dispensing Naloxone to high-risk patients and their support systems
Register Here: Webinar #5 (Sept 12): Emerging measures in the hospital setting for safe opioid management in the hospital
Questions? Contact Alex Stack at firstname.lastname@example.org