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Opioid Safety and Interventions

The opioid crisis is impacting communities and families across the country daily. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly a half a million people died from an overdose involving either prescription or illicit opioids between 1999 and 2019. This epidemic is a continual challenge in each of the six states that Comagine Health serves.

To help respond to this crisis, Comagine Health has designed a set of tools and resources for providers. We can provide you with best practices that will help facilitate referrals and reduce stigma associated with opioid use, leading to effective pathways to treatment.

Our work aims to:

  • Support patients and families by improving treatment options throughout the health care system.
  • Expand on existing efforts and best practices already being implemented in communities.

Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Training

Comagine Health is launching a new learning series on clinical and systems support best practices for MOUD programs in primary care settings. The purpose of this series is to develop or expand MOUD treatment services in primary care settings. The series is led by Mandy Sladky, RN, MSN, CARN. Mandy’s areas of expertise include engaging internal and external stakeholders to deliver overdose prevention and substance use disorder healthcare program administration. 

We welcome any providers who work in outpatient settings and want to provide more effective treatment for patients with opioid use disorder to join us for this series. Registration is still open!

Upcoming MOUD Training Events

Clinical and Systems Support Best Practices for MOUD Programs in Primary Care, a six-session educational series, launches Sept. 21. Learn more here.

Six Building Blocks

Six Building Blocks is an evidence-based quality improvement roadmap that helps primary care teams implement effective, guideline-driven care for their chronic pain and long-term opioid therapy patients.

The program focuses on six key areas:

  • Leadership and consensus
  • Policies, patient agreements and workflows
  • Tracking and monitoring patient care
  • Planned, patient-centered visits
  • Caring for patients with complex needs
  • Measuring success

Six Building Blocks can help anyone who is interested in improving the care of patients using long-term opioid therapy, such as:

  • Quality improvement personnel
  • Clinicians and staff
  • Clinic administrators
  • Practice facilitators

Learn more about the Six Building Blocks program and access a variety of resources and materials at the program page.

Emergency Department (ED) ECHO™ Series

Comagine Health is working with emergency department providers to hold a series of monthly, hourlong ECHO™ sessions focusing on the management of opioid use disorder (OUD) in the emergency department. The series are led by Dr. Alexis LaPietra, a board-certified emergency room physician at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Dr. LaPietra has spearheaded major changes in management of OUD and pain treatment in the nation’s second busiest emergency room. 

Please note that this series is intended only for hospital emergency department staff. If you work in a hospital emergency department setting, please contact us to enroll in the series. Registration is still open!

Pharmacy Engagement

Community pharmacies are in an ideal position to provide direct intervention with patients and families to prevent opioid overdose. The Respond to Prevent program provides training, resources, and tools to improve the quality and success rate of naloxone offers by community pharmacies. Through provided scripting, communication guidelines, and patient education, pharmacists and technicians can enhance patients' receptivity and decrease stigma associated with harm reduction practices.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Training

The PDMP is an essential tool in fighting the opioid epidemic, and helping providers use it effectively is an important part of our work. Comagine Health is actively engaging with each PDMP program in our six-state region to incorporate state-specific, customized training into our MOUD trainings and ED ECHO™ Series. Our work focuses on practical use of the PDMP and ways to take it to the next level by using it for safety and good clinical care.

Surgical Resources and Academic Detailing

Comagine Health is also creating opioid surgical resources such as the Opioid Stewardship for Surgical Groups Guide. We are using a data-driven approach to share these resources with the surgical groups with the highest need.

Engage Local Health Districts, Primary Care Associations (FQHCs) and Rural Community Centers

The opioid crisis is having a significant impact on rural communities. To help address this, Comagine Health is supporting targeted naloxone distribution through rural health districts, acting as a liaison between community centers and the source of the naloxone (health districts).