Location: RM 271
Colorado Hospital Association Initiatives
OPIOID AND OTHER SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
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10:17 AM -- Colorado Hospital Association Initiatives
Diane Rossi MacKay and Dr. Heidi Wald, Colorado Hospital Association (CHA), presented to the committee and distributed a handout (Attachment F). Ms. Rossi MacKay briefly explained the Colorado Opioid Safety Collaborative, and discussed two hospitals' experiences with the opioid epidemic.
Ms. Rossi MacKay explained the emergency department pilot program, including the participation, implementation, and goals of the pilot program. Dr. Wald and Ms. Rossi McKay responded to questions regarding pain and patient satisfaction, and possible pilot program expansion beyond the emergency room.
Dr. Heidi Wald summarized the Colorado American College of Emergency Physicians opioid prescribing and treatment guidelines. She described the use of the alternative treatments to opioids. Dr. Wald responded to a question regarding insurance issues with alternative treatments. She described implementation of the emergency department pilot program, and provided preliminary results of the decrease in opioid, fentanyl, and hydromorphone administrations in Yampa Valley Medical Center. Dr. Wald provided statistics on increased use of alternative administrations. She noted that there has been local and national interest in joining the emergency department pilot program. Dr. Wald explained that the pilot program will end in November and results from the pilot program will be analyzed by January.
Committee members commented on hospital policies regarding patients that are in the emergency room for an overdose. Ms. Rossi MacKay and Dr. Wald responded to questions regarding additional alternative treatments and CHA cooperation with behavioral health organizations.