Leaders in physician groups and health systems weigh approaches to reduce opioid overdose deaths by sharing successes and illuminating barriers.
Driving Toward Solutions: Providers Map Strategies to Reduce Opioid Deaths (528 K)
Health systems are struggling to address the opioid epidemic now claiming the lives of nearly 2,000 Californians every year. Many systems are working to ensure safer opioid and controlled substance prescribing standards and to provide adequate access to treatment for opioid addiction. Yet, because each system tends to operate in isolation, optimal solutions and best practices are not known or shared.
To address the role of provider groups and to exchange ideas, CHCF convened high-level health system leadership (organizations such as medical groups, large community health centers, academic health systems and more) in a statewide meeting to share strategies and solutions in hopes of speeding the spread of ideas that work.
Addressing the opioid epidemic requires purposeful collaboration between different providers and health groups like those present at the meeting. With that in mind, participants offered ideas and strategies for improvement, and shared their experiences in tackling California's opioid crisis.
Some major themes in discussions at the event included: