GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. – April 15, 2019 –
Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) was recently awarded a grant from the COPIC Medical Foundation to further its efforts to end the opioid epidemic in Colorado through the Colorado’s Opioid Solution: Clinicians United to Resolve the Epidemic (CO’s CURE). The CO’s CURE initiative aims to bring together the clinician/physician specialty societies of Colorado to develop the nation’s first comprehensive, multispecialty medical guidelines to address and resolve the opioid epidemic in Colorado.
“We are very grateful to the COPIC Medical Foundation for this generous funding, which will help us expand our efforts to resolve the epidemic,” said Darlene Tad-y, MD, CHA physician advisor. “Hospitals and providers have a desire and a responsibility to effectively treat patients’ pain without unnecessarily exposing them to the risks associated with opioids.”
The specialty derived guidelines developed under CO’s CURE will be built around four pillars that all specialties can adhere to: limit opioid use, use alternatives to opioids for treatment of pain, implement harm reduction strategies, and improve treatment and referral of patients with opioid use disorder. Additionally, the initiative will allow the specifics of each set of guidelines to be tailored to the nuances of the specialty.
The COPIC Medical Foundation is dedicated to improving health care outcomes through the advancement of patient safety and quality improvement initiatives. The Foundation has provided more than $8.5 million in grant funding and scholarships since it was founded.
“COPIC has been actively engaged in efforts to reduce the adverse impact of the opioid epidemic. In addition to our Foundation grant funding, we also provide education courses and participate in several initiatives addressing this issue,” said Beverly Razon, VP of Public Affairs, COPIC.
CO’s CURE is co-lead by CHA, the Colorado Medical Society and the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. To learn more, visit www.cha.com/CURE.
About Colorado Hospital Association
Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is the leading voice of Colorado’s hospital and health system community. Representing over 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout the state, CHA serves as a trusted, credible and reliable resource on health issues, hospital data and trends for its members, media, policymakers and the general public. Through CHA, Colorado’s hospitals and health systems work together in their shared commitment to improve health and health care in Colorado.
About COPIC Medical Foundation
The COPIC Medical Foundation was established in 1991 and is committed to supporting the ideas and people that make a difference in enhancing medicine, lives, and communities. The Foundation supports health care in three major ways: grant funding, the annual COPIC Humanitarian Award, and scholarships. For more information about the Foundation, please contact Meredith Hintze at email@example.com or visit www.copicfoundation.org.
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