Monday Apr 06, 2020

Implementation of an Opioid Stewardship Program

Health care organizations across the country are implementing opioid stewardship programs to address the opioid crisis. BJC HealthCare joined the Vizient performance improvement collaborative hoping to discover best practices to improve the mortality rates for their system. The collaborative suggests participants inventory your current efforts as a first step in the process. And right at square one, BJC uncovered one of its hospitals had a unique program that was saving—and transforming—patients’ lives.



Amanda Hays, PharmD, MHA, BCPS, CPHQ, System Pharmacy and Outcomes Manager. Center for Clinical Excellence – BJC HealthCare

Jordan Shapiro, Business Process Consultant, Healthcare Informatics, Center for Clinical Excellence – BJC HealthCare



Watch the Vizient Opioid Stewardship Program collaborative webcast for additional details.


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Show Notes:

[00:00 – 01:26] BJC singles out the opioid problem as a focus area and describes the impact on the community

[01:26 – 02:14]  A potential solution is uncovered within their system: EPICC –engaging patients in care coordination

[02:14 – 03:10] The ED provides a key opportunity for connecting patients in need

[03:10 – 04:09] Finding the secret sauce to the opioid addiction recovery efforts

[04:09 – 05:14]  Challenges to efforts

[05:14 – 06:25] Anticipating and overcoming addiction stigma


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