In the state of Louisiana, healthcare providers are writing approximately 75% of opioid prescriptions as compared to the U.S. average rate of nearly 47% (for every 100 persons).
To help address the disparity, Ochsner Health – a Louisiana-based network of hospitals, health centers, and urgent care facilities – has taken a systemwide approach to reduce the dangers of opioid prescribing by:
- Establishing a task force and a five-point plan to remove physician/pharmacist barriers to accessing PDMP data
- Initiating an opioid use disorder risk tool
- Creating opioid and benzodiazepine patient registries within its Epic EHR
From 2015 to 2016, their efforts resulted in a dramatic decline in opioid prescribing rates across their health system. Then just as initial efforts to curb them declined, prescribing rates began to creep back up in 2017.
The Ochsner task force stepped into action, focusing on removing the barriers physicians and pharmacists faced when accessing PDMP data; namely, exiting the EHR to log into the state’s PDMP site to comply with state requirements to search patients’ drug histories before prescribing opioids or other controlled substances.
Read the attached study and learn how Ochsner saved thousands of their physicians and pharmacists time through one-click access to the PDMP.