The Role of the Emergency Department in the Opioid Crisis


Opioid Alternatives and medication-assisted Treatment 

 Thursday, January 24, 2019

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET   I   2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. CT

An estimated two million Americans are currently abusing or misusing prescription opioids. When patients present to the ED, practitioners are accustomed to prescribing opioids for acute pain. However, many non-opioid options are available.

When patients with opioid use disorder present to the ED in withdrawal, ED physicians can do more than just manage symptoms. The ED physician can play a role in improved access to evidence-based medication-assisted treatment options.

Join Dr. Alexis LaPietra, Medical Director of the Emergency Medicine Pain Management Program and founder and creator of the Alternatives to Opioids (ALTOSM) program at St Joseph’s Health in Paterson, NJ and Dr. Reuben Strayer, emergency physician at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY to learn how to minimize opioid exposures and maximize medication-assisted treatment opportunities in the ED. Do not miss this opportunity to interact with our esteemed experts live.

Registration is required, so please register today. Once registered you will receive a confirmation email which will contain the login details.

Target Audience:  If you are a physician, nurse, pharmacist or other health care team member in the states of Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia who works to improve care coordination, we encourage you to register today for this informative program.

1.0 Free CEUs

Quality Insights is working with Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI)* to obtain 1.0 free CNE, CME or CPE contact hours for attending this session and completing the post-session evaluation. If you are unable to attend, the presentation will be offered as an enduring material that will offer CNE, CME and CPE contact hours on My Quality Insights.

*This activity has been submitted to the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, Center for Perfecting Patient Care

SM for approval to award contact hours. PRHI, Center for Perfecting Patient Care is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 The University of Pittsburgh Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a Provider of continuing pharmacy education. The assigned universal program number(s) is pending.

This knowledge-based activity provides 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEU) of continuing education credit. Credit will be awarded upon successful completion of this program including: attending the full session, completing and submitting a self-graded post-test with an 80% pass rate, completing and submitting a program evaluation and CPE Verification and Designation Form.

 Faculty Disclosure

Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of non-profit or government organizations and non-health care related companies.

Contact Us Today

Delaware: Jami Jones, 877.987.4687, Ext. 116

Louisiana:  Kym Herrin, 225.248.7068

New Jersey: Nicole Skyer-Brandwene, 732.238.5570, Ext. 2099

Pennsylvania: Carol Hann, 877.346.6180, Ext. 7826

West Virginia: Carol Matheny, 304.346.9864, Ext. 4230


First Annual Rehab One, Ltd. Scholarship

Rehab One Ltd., a rehabilitation company that provides professional therapy and management services at Boone Memorial Hospital since 1998, has established The Rehab One Scholarship.

This year’s recipient, Lindsay Brown is a Therapy Technician in the Physical Therapy Department at Boone Memorial. She received $1,500, which must be utilized at one of the state vocational/ technical schools or universities in West Virginia. Lindsay is enrolled in the nursing program at Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College.

Criteria for the award includes; Literary and scholastic attainment, aptitude, and intellectual promise; Moral qualifications of honesty, truthfulness, temperance, fortitude, and prudence and justice; Qualities of leadership, unselfishness, and social fellowship; and Physical vigor as evidenced by an interest in community events and or sporting activities.

“We are thrilled to present Lindsay with our first scholarship and look forward to selecting future recipients,” said Owner of Rehab One, Ltd., Shannon Snodgrass, PT.


January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about the disease, its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. 

West Virginia has the highest incidence of cervical cancer in the nation. Although HPV vaccines have been shown to be highly effective in protecting against the HPV types targeted by the vaccines, HPV vaccination rates remain low in West Virginia. In fact, in 2017, only 44% of teens between the ages of 13 and 17 years of age in West Virginia were fully vaccinated against HPV.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that increasing HPV vaccination rates from current levels to 80 percent would prevent an additional 53,000 future cervical cancer cases in the United States among girls who now are 12 years old or younger over the course of their lifetimes. Thousands of cases of other HPV-associated cancers in the U.S. also likely would be prevented within the same time-frame. A growing proportion of these cancers – most notably, oropharyngeal cancers -will occur in males if their HPV vaccination rates remain low as well.

HPV Vaccination Tools & Resources

CDC HPV Vaccination Tools :  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website hosts a variety of HPV vaccination materials for Parents and Public, Healthcare Professionals, and other Partners and Programs.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month Toolkit:  The George Washington University Cancer Center has designed a Cervical Cancer Awareness Month Social Media Toolkit to help healthcare and public health professionals establish a social media strategy built around Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.  The toolkit is designed to help healthcare and public health professionals: understand the functions and benefits of social media; establish a cervical cancer awareness month social media strategy; manage social media accounts; implement Facebook and Twitter best practices; disseminate messaging on breast cancer prevention, screening and treatment; and evaluate social media efforts. The toolkit also includes tips and evidence-informed sample messaging along with other social media resources and tools. Click here to access the toolkit.

QI Tools from HPV IQ:  Teams of researchers and public health professionals at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health developed quality improvement tool kits and tested them in clinics across the country. The kits are designed to be effective, easy to use, and easy to adapt to practitioners’ local needs and resources. Click here to view the resources.

Immunization and Practice-Change Tools Available from the AAP:  Check out the American Academy of Pediatrics’ practice change tools and comprehensive Immunization Training Guide. The practice-change tools cover standing orders to improve immunization rates, contraindications, and use of Vaccine Information Statements.

The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable:  The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable (HPV Roundtable) is a trusted coalition of public, private, and voluntary organizations and experts dedicated to reducing incidence of and mortality from HPV cancers in the United States. Click here to view their tools and resources.

Additional Tools and Resources


Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency (ANE-NPR) Funding Opportunity


Application Due Date: March 4, 2019

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency (ANE-NPR) funding opportunity. The application cycle closes on March 4, 2019.

The purpose of this new program is to prepare and increase the number of new nurse practitioners (NPs) in primary care practice in community-based settings through clinical and academic focused 12-month nurse practitioner residency (NPR) programs. Preference will be considered for projects that benefit rural or underserved populations.

For this program, specialties that have a primary care focus may include Family, Adult Family, Adult-Gerontology, Pediatric, Women’s Health Care, Nurse Midwife, Psychiatric Mental Health, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Family.

Applicants are required to address their use and adoption of telehealth and other health care technology, as applicable, which increase readiness to practice and prepare advanced NPs in primary care to expand access to high quality care where it’s most needed. 

A total of $20 million will be available to fund approximately 20 awards. Applicants can apply for up to $500,000 in year one and up to $1,000,000 in years 2, 3 and 4.

Technical Assistance

Date:Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm ET
Call-In: 888-917-8043
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Opioid Prescription Changes Are Here


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new opioid policy for Medicare drug plans on January 1. The new policies include:

  • Improved safety alerts when patients fill opioid prescriptions at the pharmacy
  • Drug management programs for patients at-risk for misuse or abuse of opioids or other drugs

CMS posted new training materials, including slide decks and tip sheets for prescribers, pharmacists and patients.

CMS also recently released an MLN Matters® Article: A Prescriber’s Guide to the New Medicare Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies for 2019. Visit the Reducing Opioid Misuse webpage for more information on CMS’ overall strategy.

Contact Us

Contact Biddy Smith at 1.800.642.8686, ext. 3252

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This material was prepared by Quality Insights, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization for West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Louisiana under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.


Congress Passes Farm Bill that Protects SNAP, West Virginia Communities

Media Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879

(Charleston, WV) – Following Congress passing the 2018 farm bill, Kelly Allen, Policy Outreach Coordinator at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, released the following statement:

“The farm bill agreement reached this week and passed by Congress today will help hundreds of thousands of West Virginians put food on the table while boosting our local economies. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is our nation’s most effective anti-hunger program and protecting and strengthening SNAP is key to moving shared prosperity forward in the Mountain State.

With both Senate and House chambers rejecting the partisan House-passed bill that proposed reducing food assistance from those in need through cuts and harmful changes, the bill awaits President Trump’s signature.

Congress passed a farm bill that ensures that SNAP will continue to help feed children and their parents, seniors, people with disabilities, and working people with low pay and inconsistent hours who struggle to make ends meet. That includes 1 in 5 people right here in West Virginia.

We commend House and Senate leaders for working together, across party lines, to continue the bill’s bipartisan tradition of ensuring no American goes hungry. A special thanks to West Virginia’s congressional members Senator Capito, Senator Manchin and Representative McKinley for voting to protect food assistance for the hundreds of thousands of West Virginians.”

The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy is a public policy research organization that is nonpartisan, nonprofit, and statewide. The Center focuses on how policy decisions affect all West Virginians, especially low- and moderate-income families.