CARDINAL HEALTH, INC: Cardinal Health Foundation Supports New Initiatives at the Ohio Hospital Association to Spread Best Practices in Opioid Prescribing


Cardinal Health, Inc issued the following announcement on Jan. 7.

As part of its long-standing commitment to reduce opioid misuse and abuse, the Cardinal Health Foundation is pleased to announce a $530,000 grant to the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) to identify and deploy best opioid prescribing practices for pain management among OHA member hospitals across the state.

This OHA initiative will engage hospitals in a first-of-its-kind statewide collaborative to gather and share benchmark data around opioid prescribing practices, based on physician specialty, patient diagnosis and other variables with the goal of producing more effective pain management and better patient outcomes, with fewer opioids prescribed.

"Cardinal Health and OHA care deeply about the devastation prescription drug misuse has caused and are committed to working toward a solution to the opioid epidemic," said Jessie Cannon, vice president of Community Relations at Cardinal Health. "Under the umbrella of Generation Rx and our Opioid Action Program, we are pleased to support OHA in its work to refine opioid prescribing in communities across the state."

"Ensuring prescribers can compare their prescribing habits with their peers is considered an important step in improving best practices," said Amy Andres, senior vice president of Quality and Data at OHA. "When we have established benchmark data, we'll work with hospitals to target opioid prescribing levels to better support patients with chronic pain."

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control published its guidelines for opioid prescribing to improve the safety and efficacy of pain care and reduce risks of long-term opioid use. The guidelines recommend that clinicians use caution when prescribing opioids at any dosage, prescribe the lowest effective dosage, and monitor patients on opioids closely for individual benefits and risks.

Patients prescribed opioids in Ohio has decreased from 2.3 million in 2016 to 1.9 million in 2017 according to the latest report from the Ohio Automated RX Reporting System.

OHA President and CEO Mike Abrams said, "From the inception of this project, OHA and Cardinal Health agreed that our focus would be on programs and services designed to significantly impact the opioid epidemic in Ohio. I am confident that this partnership will strengthen the ability of our member hospitals, as well as physicians across Ohio, to combat opioid misuse and abuse."

To date, 62 Ohio hospitals have committed to participating in the OHA initiative to reduce opioids prescribed:

Mercy Health - Allen Hospital

Mercy Health - Anderson Hospital

Mercy Health - Children's Hospital

Mercy Health - Clermont Hospital

Mercy Health - Defiance Hospital

Mercy Health - Fairfield Hospital

Mercy Health - Lorain Hospital

Mercy Health - Perrysburg Hospital

Mercy Health - Springfield Regional Medical Center

Mercy Health - St. Anne Hospital

Mercy Health - St. Charles Hospital

Mercy Health - St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital

Mercy Health - St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital

Mercy Health - St. Joseph Warren Hospital

Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center

Mercy Health - St. Vincent Medical Center

Mercy Health - Tiffin Hospital

Mercy Health - Urbana Hospital

Mercy Health - West Hospital

Mercy Health - Willard Hospital

The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health

Cleveland Clinic Akron General Lodi Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center

Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital

Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital

Genesis Hospital

Holzer Gallipolis

Holzer Medical Center-Jackson

Fort Hamilton Hospital

Grandview Medical Center

Green Memorial Hospital

Kettering Behavioral Medical Center

Kettering Medical Center

Soin Medical Center

Southview Medical Center

Sycamore Medical Center

Lake Health TriPoint Medical Center

Lake Health West Medical Center

Atrium Medical Center

Miami Valley Hospital

Miami Valley Hospital North

Miami Valley Hospital South

Upper Valley Medical Center

MetroHealth Brecksville

MetroHealth Cleveland Heights Medical Center

MetroHealth Medical Center

MetroHealth Parma Medical Center

University of Cincinnati Medical Center

West Chester Hospital

Community Memorial Hospital

Wayne HealthCare

Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital

Ohio State University Hospital

Ohio State University Hospital East

The Cardinal Health Foundation grant funding also supports OHA initiatives that encourage alternative pain therapies and the creation of an online source for treatment and training resources for providers and community organizations.

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