The CHIME Opioid Task Force is Identifying and Promoting Best Practices
By William Spooner, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO
Next Wave Health Advisors, a Huntzinger Company
While substance abuse has been a societal problem for generations, only in the last few decades has the problem become a crisis, largely precipitated through actions of the healthcare industry itself. A 1980 New England Journal of Medicine paper asserting that opiates are not inherently addictive led to aggressive industry efforts expanding their use in the treatment of pain. Patient pain scales were instituted, pain became viewed as the “fifth right,” and patient satisfaction surveys collected feedback on the provider’s treatment of pain.