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CHCF Opioid Safety Coalitions Network Northern California Fall Convening
September 22, 2017
The California Health Care Foundation and the California Department of Public Health hosted California's 2016 Fall Convening on Opioid Safety. The agenda included Andrew Kolodny, MD, Co-founder of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing; Corey Waller, MD, with the Camden Coalition; and local coalition leaders presenting innovative approaches to curbing the opioid epidemic.
Please find more information on this convening by clicking here.
Strategies in Managing Opioid and Benzodiazepine Co-Prescribing
October 25, 2016
The Managing Pain Safely (MPS) initiative hosted a webinar to discuss the key topics related to co-prescribing opioids and benzodiazepines. The webinar topics included: risks of co-prescribing; tapering (how long and what to taper first); who to taper and who not to taper; and talking to patients about the risks of using both medications.
Webinar (webinar begins at the 7 minute mark)
August 17, 2016
The webinar shared information on: selecting appropriate patients for tapering; a brief overview of how to prepare and start the conversation; quick ideas for successful conversations; and case studies around tapering.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
June 21, 2016
PHC hosted a webinar detailing the “Who, What, Why, and Where of Medication Assisted Treatment”. Dr. Tom Bertolli detailed how to set up a buprenorphine program at a health center, highlighting how to pick the appropriate candidate for buprenorphine, how to educate patients on buprenorphine and medication assisted treatment (MAT), how to implement a team-based approach to MAT, and how to monitor patients once started on buprenorphine.
MPS County Level Data Sharing Webinars
These webinars highlighted our county level Managing Pain Safely data, including aggregate county level data on specific measures and an example of blinded provider level data for the specific counties in the selected focus area.
This was an opportunity for our providers to view the data that we collected, learn the process for requesting PHC data, and to ask any questions related to the PHC data.
Managing Pain Forum II
January 15, 2016
PHC sponsored the Managing Pain Safely Forum II to provide participants (medical providers/prescribers, medical office staff, pharmacists, community stakeholders) with an opportunity to learn from a diverse set of presenters on how to balance the use of opioids for healing, while avoiding harm. This Forum highlighted the neurobiology behind substance use disorder; suggested ways to change the approach of working the chronic pain/substance use disorder patients; and provided an opportunity for interactive breakout sessions with presenters.
Presentation (Santa Rosa)