GCOAT to Begin Offering Online Training for New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Earlier this year, the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT) issued new opioid prescribing guidelines for the management of acute pain outside emergency departments and acute care facilities. Before the end of the month, healthcare providers will receive an email from GCOAT asking them to complete an online training module covering the new guidelines.

The training module contains the following:

  • A 3-question introductory quiz to gauge healthcare providers’ “pre-training” knowledge of the new acute pain opioid prescribing guidelines
  • A 10-minute training video that summarizes the new guidelines
  • A brief conclusion quiz to gauge how healthcare providers plan to adjust their acute opioid prescribing practices

Thanks to support from Ohio healthcare providers, the state has seen some promising trends in opioid prescribing. In 2015, 92 million fewer opioid doses were prescribed to Ohio patients compared to 2012. In addition, the number of people doctor-shopping for controlled substances as identified through the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) has decreased 71% since 2010.



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