How KP helps members manage pain during the opioid epidemic

February 27, 2018

Using a multi-pronged effort, Permanante Medical Groups (PMGs) are intervening to address the opioid crisis within Kaiser Permanente, helping to serve as a model of how the rest of the country can address the opioid epidemic.

The efforts have resulted in a nearly 40-percent reduction in the number of KP patients on 90 morphine milliequivalents or more per month, from 2014 to 2017.

Key to this success is the PMGs’ “Four-Pronged Approach to Safety,” an initiative focused on physician education and support, community protection, patient safety, and patient education.

Read more about how Kaiser Permanente prevents, treats and safely curbs opioid addiction.


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