Dr. Andrew Friedman Appointed to NQP Opioid Stewardship Action Team

Members & Publications

October 31, 2017

AAPM&R member, Dr. Andrew Friendman, has been appointed to the National Quality Partners™ (NQP) Opioid Stewardship Action Team, which brings together experts and recognized leaders from the private and public sectors committed to addressing the nation’s escalating opioid epidemic.

The NQP Opioid Stewardship Action Team meets in person and by web to identify strategies and tactics to help physicians, clinicians, and other prescribers better manage patients’ pain while reducing the risk of opioid addiction.

The Action Team will publish an NQP Playbook that focuses on improving prescribing practices and identifying strategies and tactics for managing care of individuals who are at high risk of becoming dependent on opioids, while building on current public- and private-sector efforts to address the opioid epidemic. NQP will release the Playbook in March at NQF’s 2018 Annual Conference. NQP will model the Playbook after other successful efforts to tackle national healthcare priorities, including National Quality Partner's Playbook: Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care, which has become an essential resource to help physicians, pharmacists, and healthcare organizations implement strategies to promote the appropriate and safe use of antibiotics.

The NQP Leadership Consortium identified the nation’s growing opioid crisis as a priority area of focus during an in-person meeting in mid-2017. The number of opioid prescriptions written each year in the United States has quadrupled in less than two decades, without a resulting change in pain reported by patients. Nearly 2 million people suffer from prescription opioid disorder, with the highest and fastest-growing rates of diagnoses among Medicare (more than 6 per 1,000) and Medicaid beneficiaries (8.7 per 1,000). Opioid stewardship is also a key area of focus for NQF’s president and CEO, Shantanu Agrawal, MD, MPhil, who saw the effects of the opioid epidemic firsthand as an emergency department physician.

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Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.