Reduction in Opioid Prescribing Through Evidence-Based Prescribing Guidelines

Presenter: Joceline Vu, MD
Research Fellow
Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network; Michigan Medicine Department of Surgery

Co-Presenter: Gloria Pizzo, RN, BSN
Quality Project Manager
Lake Superior 

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Key Ballroom 4

Session Description:
Opioid dependence is the most significant public health threat in the United States.  Although the opioid epidemic has received tremendous attention, current policy efforts, including the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, have largely focused on opioid prescribing for chronic pain. The Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network is a preventative model that aims to curb new opioid dependence in patients treated for acute pain by tailoring prescribing practices and minimizing excess opioids available for misuse and diversion.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of acute care opioid prescribing in the opioid epidemic
  • Understand the drivers behind overprescribing
  • Identify ways to change clinical practice in opioid prescribing
  • Identify key components of quality improvement initiatives to curb overprescribing


Presenters Biographies:

Joceline Vu is a General Surgery resident at the University of Michigan. She is a native of Virginia and completed her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Virginia, where she also attended medical school. Dr. Vu’s research focuses on incorporating the patient perspective into assessing surgical quality, ranging from postoperative complications to opioid prescribing.




Gloria Pizzo: In my role, as a Quality Project Manager for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) funded task, Coordination of Care and Medication Safety and Adverse Drug Event Prevention initiatives, I am responsible for overseeing the implementation and management of all assigned contracts including projects, deliverables and staff while actively participating in a collaborative team model to identify strategies and interventions across the healthcare continuum that promote achievement of project goals. I assist health care providers in developing educational tools for a broad range of improvement projects. My responsibilities include the development, evaluation, and dissemination of information related to improving transitions of care and patient safety programs for Medicare beneficiaries. I served as lead for the CMS 10th SOW Adverse Drug Event initiative collaborating with multiple health settings and multidisciplinary teams focusing on process improvement for medication management and reduction of adverse drug events.




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