April 13, 2018

Around the nation: New York approves pilot program to reduce ED opioid prescriptions

Daily Briefing

    The New York pilot program, approved Monday, is designed to encourage ED doctors to prescribe opioid alternatives for pain management, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Michigan, New York, and Ohio.

    • Michigan: McLaren Central Michigan has named Martin Tursky president and CEO. Tursky previously has served as president and CEO of Firelands Regional Health System in Ohio and president and CEO of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. He succeeds Bill Lawrence, who is retiring (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/11).

    • New York: The New York State Assembly on Monday approved the Opioid Alternative Project, a pilot program designed to encourage ED doctors to prescribe opioid alternatives for pain management. The program is modeled after a 2017 initiative, conducted by the Colorado Hospital Association, that saw a 36% average reduction in opioid prescribing over six months of the program (Ross Johnson, Modern Healthcare, 4/11).

    • Ohio: The Ohio medical board this week announced the first 37 doctors authorized to prescribe medical marijuana for individuals with any of about 21 conditions. The board intends to approve and announce an additional batch of doctors next month (Grzegorek, Cleveland Scene, 4/11).

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