Between 2005 and 2014, the rate of opioid-related inpatient stays and emergency department visits rose an average of 200% across the country. Half of the 28,000 deaths from opioid overdoses in 2014 involved a drug prescribed by a physician. Altarum is addressing this public health crisis by tackling the issue upstream—limiting the dangers to patients from these often misused drugs. 

Altarum, in joint-providership with the University of Michigan Medical School and Health System is providing training and support tools to improve responsible opioid prescribing, patient education, and prescription tracking among ambulatory clinicians. This unique approach is designed to reach primary care physicians, OB/GYNs, surgical specialists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and allied health professionals providing care for adult patients who have been prescribed opioids. 

Clinicians and their office staff learn about appropriate prescription monitoring and how to address the care balance needed to prevent opioid dependency or misuse among patients. A key part of this training is teaching participants how to effectively use state Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs), improving appropriate monitoring of new prescriptions and patient history.

The program is comprehensive, including onsite and online clinician training; comprehensive technical assistance, and a community resource guide. Those who participate in the training are eligible for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV credits and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.

To learn more, view the program's fact sheet or read the white paper "Advancing Responsible Opioid Prescribing: Supporting Ambulatory Providers through Clinical Education, Training, and Technical Assistance."