In 2015, 90 people died every day due to an opioid overdose. If you subtract deaths attributed to heroin and synthetic opioids, such as illicitly manufactured fentanyl, the number drops to 42 deaths per day. That is still 42 deaths daily from drugs that were prescribed by a licensed health care professional. How did we get here?
Increasingly, growth necessitates a system of care perspective and alignment initiatives that reach across the continuum. But, with whom do you align to achieve near-term growth? How do you quantify the alignment opportunity or risk associated with key partners in your market?
With an eye toward asking questions not yet posed, and looking beyond current events to frame strategic decisions with long-term consequences, annual studies by the Vizient Research Institute® explore macroeconomic issues facing members on a national scale.
The incidence of drug diversion in the hospital setting – the illegal redirection of regulated medications for personal use or sale – is on the rise. In fact, it is no longer a question of “if” diversion will occur in your facility. It is a question of “when.”
In addition to caring for critically ill patients, caregivers and support staff are battling changes to workload, shortages in necessary PPE and concern for the safety of their own families; all leaving them vulnerable to extreme stress.
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