University of Kentucky News recently shared an update regarding a new opioid stewardship program intended to provide Kentucky hospitals with the resources needed to assure safe opioid use. The program, formed by a partnership between the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services as part of the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE), consists of a committee of medical experts who will aid hospitals in the implementation of the program’s initiatives. According to the article, 62 hospitals have committed to participation in the program, with more medical facilities continuing to join. The chief medical officer of UK HealthCare, Dr. Phillip Chang, speaks about the program:
“This is the first statewide program of its kind where all hospitals in Kentucky collaborate together to combat the opioid crisis at its root – inappropriate or excess opioid prescribing. We will leverage data, analytics and the spirit of healthy competition amongst Kentucky hospitals to reduce and eliminate opioid addiction while still ensuring adequate pain control. This preventive work will complement the tremendous efforts through our state on recovery, rehabilitation and harm reduction.”
Read more about the program here, or search our directory for doctors who provide medically assisted treatment for opioid addiction in Kentucky.