Vizient expert featured in U.S. News & World Report

Joe Cummings, PhD, senior associate of Technology Assessment, wrote an article featured in U.S. News & World Report about the opioid epidemic and steps that health care can take to implement new pain management approaches. He emphasized that the time to act is now — we simply can’t afford to wait. 

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Last fall Vizient issued a call for change to help reduce opioid misuse and addiction. We realize that while opioids alleviate pain, the misuse of these substances is resulting in unprecedented death and hardship. By collaborating with our members and industry experts, we believe together we can change the face of opioid addiction for the better in America. We are delighted you are interested in joining our multi-pronged effort and look forward to providing additional information to you based on your area of interest.

We invite our members to drive change across America by working together to:

  • Reduce opioid abuse, misuse, addiction and overdose
  • Advocate for increased and expanded opioid-use awareness as well as increased substance abuse services
  • Safely meet the needs of patients experiencing pain.

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Upcoming Opportunities

Date Topic
Fall 2017 Knowledge Transfer Session – Performance Improvement Collaborative on Opioid Use (only available to PI Collaborative participants)
November 29, 2017 HIIN Community Knowledge Network Webcast: Promising Hospital Practices and Changing the Preoperative Pain Conversation

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Past Programs

Date Topic
November 1, 2017 HIIN Community Knowledge Network Webinar: Stories of Recovery and Connecting the Community
October 25, 2017 Performance Improvement Webcast: Reducing Opioid Adverse Drug Events
October 25, 2017 Webinar: Opioid Safety (only available to PSO members)
October 18, 2017 Pharmacy Webinar: Do No Harm! Team Approach to Reduce Opioid Reversals
October 18, 2017 HIIN Community Knowledge Network Webinar: A Policy Primer
June 19, 2017 Webinar: Recognition of Pain and Provider Practices Across the Continuum
May 8, 2017 Webinar: Pain Management Alternatives
August 16, 2016 Drive to reduce opioid misuse and addiction: The case for change regarding opioid stewardship
August 25, 2016 Drive to reduce opioid misuse and addiction: Member Opioid Journeys
September 6, 2016 Drive to reduce opioid misuse and addiction: Expert Panel

For additional information or inquiries about the Vizient opioid resources, please feel comfortable contacting Jodi Eisenberg, Senior Director, Accreditation Program at (312) 775-4426 or jodi.eisenberg@vizientinc.com.