New LTC opioid 'Playbook' out

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NQF gives guidance for opioid use.
NQF gives guidance for opioid use.

The National Quality Forum has released a comprehensive guide to help support safe opioid prescribing and pain management.

The “National Quality Partners Playbook: Opioid Stewardship” provides strategies for skilled nursing as part of a series of solutions to address the epidemic across healthcare settings.

Almost 50 Americans die each day from a prescription opioid-related overdose, and experts project the population of older adults who misuse opioids will double from 2004 to 2020. NQF joined with more than 40 healthcare stakeholders and clinical experts to develop the guidebook.