• Premier resources, research and webinars

    Approximately 90 percent of C-Suite leaders from Premier member health systems are prioritizing strategies to curb opioid use, according to Premier survey.  Premier supports these opioid safety efforts with data-driven research and reports of opioid practice patterns, care redesign initiatives, repository of pain management alternatives, clinical surveillance solutions and shaping healthcare policy.

    • Premier Public Affairs – Shaping Healthcare Policy
      • Modernize Health Information Laws to tackle opioid crisis. Premier is leading the lobbying activities of the Coalition of 39 national organizations  (www.helpendopioidcrisis.org) pushing legislation (H.R. 3545 / S. 1850) to insert HIPAA’s treatment, payment and healthcare operations policy into 42 CFR Part 2. The goal is to modernize health information laws to enable the sharing of a patient’s entire medical record, including addiction records, so providers have all the information necessary to provide safe, effective, high quality treatment and care.
      • Premier has engaged with the White House and the President’s Opioid Task Force on importance of amending the 1972 addiction privacy to enable care coordination. Premier efforts in tandem with the Coalition resulted in the President’s Opioid Task Force recommending that Congress pass H.R. 3545 / S.1850 as one of 56 recommendations to tackle the opioid crisis impacting the country as a whole.
      • Premier’s response to the House Ways and Means Committee on ways to address the opioid crisis (3.15.18)
        More information on Premier Public Affairs efforts
    • Opioid Stewardship
    • Premier Safety Institute
    • Premier’s HIIN- National Hospital Initiative on Opioid Safety in Partnership with American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), and Institute of Patient & Family Center Care (IPFCC)
      • PILOT: Safer Post-operative Pain Management: Reducing Opioid-related Harm
        Premier’s national pilot brings hospitals together to improve pain management strategies through its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), which is part of the CMS Partnership for Patients program. The effort is focused on measurably improving the safety of post-operative opioid pain management by providers, clinicians and patients/families. Phase one of Safer Post-operative Pain Management: Reducing Opioid-related Harm pilot was launched in September 2017. Phase two started October 2018, with more than 60 participating hospitals from the Premier HIIN. In phase two, additional orthopedic surgeon subject matter experts from the AAOS) have joined Premier and ASA’s efforts; along with enhanced partnership IPFCC to ensure the patient and family are included from the beginning in goal setting and pain management.
        More information
      • Article/Blog  Making progress curbing opioid use in hospitals by Roshni Ghosh MD and Asokumar Buvanendran MD – guest column by American Society of Anesthesiologists, in KevinMD.com
  • Premier Safer Pain Management Product Portfolio (GPO Members only; log in required)
    An annotated searchable repository of all Premier group purchasing contracts, suppliers, services and programs in the pain management space. Premier members can access this resource through its integrated intelligence platform PremierConnect® This toolkit supports efforts to improve prescribing practices, opioid use and patient safety through alternative methods and medications. Premier members can search for alternative therapies, as well as devices that monitor oxygen and carbon dioxide levels to avoid respiratory-related side effects, and treatments to improve the immune system’s response to opioids
  • NEW: Premier Data Optimization Report: Premier’s Opioid Overdoses (ODs) Treated in the Emergency Department (ED), 2018
    An analysis to assess the need to institute new (or reinforce existing) improvement efforts in the management of patients presenting to the ED with an opioid OD using Premier’s Quality Advisor comparative database (details below). Analysis includes patients treated and released and admitted for inpatient care.

    Report highlights/Key data elements:

    • Opioid OD Treatment Rate Comparison
    • Cost of Care for Opioid ODs Treated in the ED
    • Opioid ODs: Treated and Released vs. Treated and Admitted Cases
    • What Can Be Done: Improvement Strategies and Resources