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Webinars Begin Next Week on New Opioid Safety Designation for Hospitals

For CMOs, CNOs, Quality & Patient Safety Staff

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Cal Hospital Compare, a nonprofit performance reporting initiative, will launch an opioid safety designation program for hospitals later this month, intended to accelerate improvement and recognize California hospitals’ efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. A series of five no-cost webinars — the first to be held May 9 at 11 a.m. (PT) – will explain a self-assessment tool integral to the new designation, and will feature peer-to-peer learning on a variety of safe opioid practices.

Governed by a multi-stakeholder board that includes hospitals, purchasers, health plans, and consumer groups, Cal Hospital Compare created the self-assessment tool with the help of a work group that included hospitals. Hospitals will have an opportunity to participate in the self-assessment process from May 13 through Sept. 18, and those that meet a minimal threshold for the opioid safety designation will be announced in the fall.