Quality Improvement and Care Coordination: Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Resource Location: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/prescribing/CDC-DUIP-QualityImprovementAndCareCoordination-508.pdf

Use this resource in conjunction with the Opioid & Pain Management Best Practice Assessment and compare your improvement progress against your peers using the Opioid & Pain Management Best Practice Aggregate Results Dashboard.

Guideline Purpose: To encourage careful and selective use of long-term opioid therapy in the context of managing chronic pain through (a) an evidence-based prescribing guideline, (b) quality improvement (QI) measures to advance the integration of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (CDC Prescribing Guideline) into clinical practice, and (c) practice-level strategies to improve care coordination.

Guideline Goal: To ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment by improving the way opioids are prescribed through an evidence-based clinical practice guideline, while reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose from these drugs.

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Focus Area(s): Care coordination, Nursing Home Quality, Opioid/pain management resources, Quality Improvement Resources