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Bree Collaborative Public Comment Request: Opioid Prescribing Metrics

Posted about 1 year ago by Tracy Kiele

Your feedback is requested on the Bree Collaborative’s draft opioid prescribing metrics. Our workgroup will review comments before submitting a final draft for review and adoption by the Bree Collaborative. Please read the draft Opioid Prescribing Metrics, available here, and the lists of included and excluded opioids before completing the survey here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/opioid-metrics. We estimate that this survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental health in the United States. While acute or chronic pain is a real problem for many Americans, too many opioids are being prescribed and are proving to be less safe, less effective, and more addictive than thought. Opioids have been prescribed at too high a dose, for too many days following a surgery, or for inappropriate conditions, fueling the opioid epidemic. These prescribing metrics are meant to put into practice the 2015 guidelines from the Washington State Agency Medical Directors Group and the 2016 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Metrics are meant to be used for quality improvement internally by hospitals, clinics, and health plans and also to show the state of Washington State.

Feedback must be received by 5pm Friday, June 23rd. 

For more information or to give additional feedback, please contact Ginny Weir, Program Director of the Bree Collaborative at GWeir@qualityhealth.org or visit www.breecollaborative.org

Thank you in advance for your participation in this effort to improve health care quality, outcomes, and affordability in Washington State.