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To combat limited access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) of opioid use disorder (OUD) in rural areas, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has developed

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published best practices on using the health care physical environment to prevent infections.

A new AHRQ toolkit, Six Building Blocks A Team-Based Approach to Improving Opioid Management in Primary Care, aims to help primary care organizations take a team- and system-based approach to improving opioid management. The toolkit, Six Building Blocks, recommends that organizations demonstrate leadership support and develop consensus; revise and implement policies, patient agreements, and workflows; proactively track and monitor patient care; implement planned, patient-centered visits; develop resources to care for complex patients; and measure implementation success.

The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a multi-stakeholder collaborative that Constellation is a participant, has released a new toolkit, Health IT Safe Practices for Closing the Loop, that identifies ways that technology can reduce and eliminate errors from diagnostic testing and medication mix-ups. The toolkit identifies three safe practice recommendations related to test tracking and medication changes:

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), in partnership with the Aspen Institute, launched a public-private partnership made up of more than 35 organizations to develop collective strategies to counter the opioid epidemic.

Constellation’s chief medical officer, Laurie Drill-Mellum, MD, was published in the Medical Professional Liability Association’s Inside Medical Liability magazine. Read her article, “Diagnostic Error: Impacts and Opportunities.”

The One & Only Campaign is a public health effort, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC), to raise awareness among patients and health care providers about safe injection practices and eliminate infections resulting from unsafe injection practices.

Join us as we show our appreciation and celebrate the work that risk management and patient safety professionals do during Health Care Risk Management Week, June 18-22, 2018. This year's theme, "Leading Together," celebrates the leadership that health care risk management professionals provide for their organizations.

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AHRQ offers free resources, Engaging Patients and Families in Their Health Care, to help health care teams get the most out of the time they spend with patients and families. Research shows that when patients are engaged in their health care, it can lead to measurable improvements in safety and quality. Whether you see patients at a hospital, primary care office, or other setting AHRQ has resources tailored to your practice setting.

Celebrate health care professionals for all they do! May 6-12, 2018 is National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week. May 13-19, 2018 is National Skilled Nursing Care Week (formerly known as National Nursing Home Week).

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