11 Jan '18, 8pm

VA publicly posts opioid prescription rates for all facilities

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs has begun publicly posting data on how frequently its doctors prescribe opioids to help with patients’ pain, in an effort to increase awareness about use of the problematic medications. The move is the latest a broader transparency campaign led by VA Secretary David Shulkin. In 2017, for the first time, department officials began publicly listing information on VA disciplinary actions, hospital wait times and leadership travel. But the latest move will make the department the first hospital system in the country to disclose details on opioid use, which health experts say has risen dramatically in recent years and may cause as many as 90 overdose deaths a day nationwide. In an interview with Military Times on Thursday, VA Secretary David Shulkin said he hopes the move will provide clearer picture of VA facilities that are succ...

Full article: https://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2018/01/11/va-to-p...

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