Pain Management - Leadership Responsibilities for Identifying Available Opioid Treatment Programs for Referral - LD.04.03.13 EP 5

How do organizations demonstrate compliance with the requirement that states "The hospital identifies opioid treatment programs that can be used for patient referrals" ?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

Clinicians encountering patients dealing with possible opioid abuse or dependence need readily accessible, accurate information about available resources to which patients can be referred for treatment. It can be challenging for individual clinicians or departments to maintain current information about provider availability in the community, therefore leadership can play a role by identifying community resources, then communicating this information to staff and practitioners. To assist organizations, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a directory of opioid treatment programs.

Compliance may be determined through interviews with leadership, staff, practitioners and patients, review of an organization's discharge and referral processes, discharge information provided to patients to support ongoing care following discharge, etc.

Resources:
R3 Report: Pain assessment and management standards for hospitals
R3 Report: Pain assessment and management standards for Critical Access Hospitals
 

Last updated on May 11, 2020
Manual: Critical Access Hospital
Chapter: Leadership LD

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