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The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (the Department) has implemented and plans to continue to implement policies designed to impact the opioid overdose epidemic. The objective of this page is to provide a central source for Department opioid policy information, resources regarding pain management and opioid prescribing for the provider, member pain management resources, and additional related information. The Department is following the lead of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention in reducing the misuse of prescription opioids. In order to support this Governor-assigned task force the currently implemented policies describing limitations on morphine milligram equivalents (MME), short acting opioid pill quantities, early interruption of opioid dosing escalations, and dental provider specific policies are briefly listed:
Through these policies, the Department is attempting to reduce potentially inappropriate opioid utilization, high risk/high dose prescribing, and reduce unnecessary escalation to higher dose opioid utilization. Recognizing there are special needs and necessity for individual assessment for many members, the Department provides provider-provider consults with a pain management specialist free of charge to the provider and member and are available by request (firstname.lastname@example.org). Compassionate pain management and opioid safety are important to the Department and the consult service provides an additional expert evaluation of safety and efficacy of members' pain management regimens.
The Department strongly encourages the provider use the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program when prescribing controlled substances to all members.
Spotlight on Colorado - AMA Opioid Task Force
Jan 1, 2019 · In this spotlight analysis of Colorado's response to the epidemic, we analyze the state's efforts in three areas: substance use disorder treatment (SUD), pain management, and harm reduction ...
Opioid Stewardship | Center for Health, Work & Environment | University of Colorado Denver
With the opioid crisis on the rise, it's never been more important for health professionals to stay up-to-date on the latest pain management methods.
The objective of this page is to provide a central source for Department opioid policy information, resources regarding pain management and opioid prescribing for the provider, member pain management resources, and ...
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP): Health First Colorado strongly recommends using the PDMP when precribing controlled substances. Signing up is incredibly easy.
Additional Information on the Tapering and Discontinuing of Opioids:
HCPF is not recommending this calculator to be used as a reference for converting a patient from one opioid to another, conversion is a complex process and we recommend consulting a specialist. The reference calculator is provided as it is the source of opioid milligram equivalents quantification used by HCPF. Please exercise great caution when converting patients from one opioid to another as issues of cross-tolerance and agent pharmacokinetics can create a potentially life-threatening situation. If a telephone consult is needed with a pain management physician (free of charge for Medicaid members), please email SSPPS.email@example.com.
Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO): Opioid Guidelines
On March 14, 2019, the revised Guidelines for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids were adopted by all six of Colorado’s prescribing and dispensing Boards: the Colorado Dental Board, the Colorado Medical Board, the State Board of Nursing, the State Board of Optometry, the Colorado Podiatry Board, and the State Board of Pharmacy, and endorsed by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine.
Revisions were necessary due to the new requirements in Senate Bill 18-22 Clinical Practice for Opioid Prescribing. This new state law went into effect on May 21, 2018, immediately upon the Governor’s signature. The law sets forth prescribing requirements, such as the number of opioids to be prescribed and required Prescription Drug Monitoring Program checks in certain clinical situations. The law also provides specific exemptions to these requirements.
The Boards will continue to evaluate the Policy, incorporating new legislation and collaborating with other state agencies, researchers, practitioners, patients, the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, and other stakeholders to identify and evaluate outcomes. The Boards remain committed to this Policy as a living document, reflective of the evolving science, technology, policy and law in their ongoing efforts to address Colorado’s opioid crisis.
State Specific Health, Medical & Civil Rights Organizations:
Find a PAIN SPECIALIST: HERE
ACLU of Colorado
Executive Director: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley
Phone: (303) 777-5482
Colorado Medical Society
7351 E. Lowry Boulvard, Suite 110,
Denver, Colorado 80230-6902
Phone: (720) 859-1001
Colorado Pain Society
Kenneth C. Lewis, MD
Western Rockies Interventional Pain Specialists
Phone: (970) 858-2562, (970) 270-2259
Laws, Rules and Policies
Colorado SUD Study Committee:
The interim study committee examines prevention, intervention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery support strategies for opioid and other substance use disorders in Colorado.
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