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NQF creates opioid stewardship guidebook for providers
Modern Healthcare

The National Quality Forum released a playbook Thursday for providers to use as a guide to implement and sustain an opioid stewardship program.

The 43-page report offers seven steps for healthcare organizations to curb inappropriate opioid usage and strategies to complete those steps. The playbook aligns with NQF’s announcement last July of an opioid stewardship program focused on lower rates of overprescribing for pain.

The new playbook will be disseminated to NQF’s members, including specialty societies.

“We believe all stakeholders have an important role to play and the playbook really takes that perspective by putting forward best practices and guidance to help delivery systems adhere to safe prescribing patterns,” said Dr. Shantanu Agrawal, president and CEO of NQF.