"Opioids continue to be prescribed at alarming rates," said ASA President Jeffrey Plagenhoef, MD. "As the medical specialty dedicated to the science of pain relief, we will collaborate with Premier to aggregate and disseminate best practices regarding opioid use and prescribing, as well as work to decrease patient reliance on opioids following surgery. ASA physician leaders will serve as a resource to the pilot program hospitals and work with the anesthesiology departments at each location to facilitate adoption of best practices."The Safer Post-operative Pain Management pilot will initially focus on adult patients undergoing elective hip and knee arthroplasty, and colectomy surgical procedures. The pilot seeks to help participants redesign their existing best practices and workflows with new pain management strategies, making it easier to do the right thing and provide safer patient care when using opioid medications. This includes partnering with patients and families on pain management expectations, as well as education on the safe use, storage and disposal of opioids, and the prevention of opioid misuse and abuse post discharge. Clinicians at participating hospitals will also receive education on appropriate opioid screening, prescribing, dispensing and administration. "Across our nation, we have seen the devastating effects of the opioid crisis," said Neil Meltzer, president and CEO of LifeBridge Health in Baltimore, one of the pilot participants. "To tackle this epidemic, we must be willing to embrace new approaches, innovation and partnerships. We look forward to working with our fellow Premier HIIN member hospitals in this pilot program to offer our caregivers additional collaboration and resources, including education for patients and families on what to expect after they leave the hospital." Premier's HIIN pilot program will support hospitals by providing webinars and technical assistance from industry-leading experts, systematic planning for performance improvement, real-time data collection, the use of standardized process, outcome, harm and cost avoidance measures, peer-to-peer learning, and continuous monitoring, evaluation and refinement of implemented strategies to drive results. Findings from the pilot will be shared across Premier's HIIN, with Premier and ASA members, and policymakers to shape government initiatives and accelerate safer pain management practices.
ASA and Premier are committed to addressing the problem of opioid misuse and abuse by developing evidence-based solutions to improve pain management practices. Premier will continue to expand this work with its vast network of health systems and industry organizations using technology and collaboration to test and measure the effectiveness of new treatment practices. More information on efforts to address the opioid epidemic can be found on ASA's When Seconds Count website and the Premier Safety Institute website.About the American Society of Anesthesiologists Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring that physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during, and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care that every patient deserves. For more information on the field of anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists online at asahq.org. To learn more about the role physician anesthesiologists play in ensuring patient safety, visit asahq.org/WhenSecondsCount. About Premier Inc. Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,750 U.S. hospitals and more than 130,000 other provider organizations. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier's news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com for more information about the company.