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What is the best method to help patients decrease their use of opioids?

The US Department of Health and Human Services has produced a guide to help health care providers answer this complex question.

The guide includes considerations prior to the decision to taper, recommendations on how to individualize plans according to unique patient needs, a decision-making flowchart, and information on additional options regarding withdrawal or behavioral health.

To learn more, check out October's highlighted article of the month!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Working Group on Patient-Centered Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-term Opioid Analgesics. (2019). HHS guide for clinicians on the appropriate dosage reduction or discontinuation of long-term opioid analgesics. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For a summary of the guide and context about its release, you can also read this FierceHealthcare article:
Finnegan, J. (2019, October 10). HHS offers guide to help clinicians taper patients off opioids. FierceHealthcare.

How much of the burden of postacute care in the US has been taken on by the family and friends who provide patients with informal in-home support?

A recent Health Affairs blog post asks this question, discussing the impact that health policy efforts to reduce the cost of postacute care have had on the nation's informal caregivers.

The article also suggests alternative options that healthcare professionals and others can use to improve care and reduce costs without requiring families to take on the burden of postacute care.

To learn more, check out this month's highlighted article!
Chatterjee, P., Hoffman, A.K., & Werner, R.M. (2019, September 5). Shifting the burden? consequences of postacute care payment reform on informal caregivers. Health Affairs Blog.