The Tennessee Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education will provide guidelines for medical education institutions to use to prevent future clinicians from overprescribing opioids, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Alabama, Connecticut, and Tennessee.
- Alabama: Daniel McKinney will take over as CEO of South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, effective March 5. McKinney most recently held the post of COO at Mary Black Health System in South Carolina, and he previously worked as assistant CEO of South Baldwin Regional from 2012 to 2015 (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/24).
- Connecticut: The state is working with local health departments to provide no- and low-cost influenza shots at 13 clinics on Saturday. The effort comes as flu activity across the state increases. According to public health officials, state residents older than six months old should get a flu shot (AP/Sacramento Bee, 1/24).
- Tennessee: Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on Wednesday announced that he has established the Tennessee Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education as part of a $30 million plan to curb opioid misuse. The panel will provide guidelines for medical education institutions to use to prevent future clinicians from overprescribing opioids. The panel has 19 members, including representatives from medical institutions, the Tennessee Department of Health, a board group of professional associations, and health care practitioners (AP/Sacramento Bee, 1/24).
Next: How to combat the opioid epidemic
Opioid misuse and abuse is one of the most pressing public health issues in the U.S., and hospitals and health systems are on the front lines. Currently, most health systems focus their opioid management efforts on select medical specialties.
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