Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 3 2018 - Page 15

OPIOIDS New direction for College's opioid strategy C Guide Respond ouncil has approved a new direc- tion in its opioid strategy – one that squarely puts the focus on the promotion of quality improvement. “This revised strategy will see us put- ting more of our energies into ensuring that physicians have the information they need to prescribe appropriately,” said Dr. Steven Bodley, College President. “We will provide physicians with feedback in their assessments, encourage them to access their Assess own prescribing data and promote educational resources,” he said. The opioid crisis persists, and Communicate the College will maintain a clear position and approach to opioids issues and we will continue to respond to prescribing issues. The College, however, won’t be making an ad- ditional request for data from the Narcotics Monitoring System (MMS) at this time. In 2016, the College initiated 84 investiga- tions based on data received from NMS. More than half of the cases investigated resulted in some form of action. In most of these cases, the College ordered remediation. Two physicians were referred to Discipline. The lessons learned from the work com- pleted from the first phase of our opioid strategy will inform our work going forward. Under the new strategy, the College will continue to advocate for:  ll physicians having real time access to A patient medication histories  ll physicians having access to comparative A prescribing data (e.g., MyPractice reports)  he establishment of a provincial prescription T monitoring program “I believe that a strategy that focuses on supporting physicians to prescribe opioids appropriately through communication about resources, advocating for physician access to data and integrating opioid prescribing into assessments will benefit the vast majority of physicians,” said Dr. Bodley. ISSUE 3, 2018 DIALOGUE 15