May 1, 2016
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The Joint Commission urges universal screening and increased efforts to link at-risk patients to appropriate care.
Citing a quadrupling of opioid prescriptions in recent years, the guidelines nudge providers to do more to combat the epidemic of overdose deaths.
Hospitals in Massachusetts have implemented a plan that instructs emergency providers to develop an approach to screen for substance abuse, provide brief intervention, and arrange appropriate referrals for patients who have an active substance use disorder or are at risk for developing such a problem.
Team building and educational outreach efforts help win staff over to push for improvement at an Arizona hospital.