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Safe Opioid Use, IV Medication, Blood and Medication Administration Requirements: Complying with the CMS Hospital CoPs

November 2 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am MDT


Due to COVID-19, the registration fee is per individual hospital (not system) for this webinar. A single registration provides multiple lines for employees at your hospital, including a link to view the recording for 60 days post-webinar. Please only select a qty. of “1” under Registration and indicate the number of connections requested for your hospital when completing the Attendee information. The person completing the registration will be responsible for sharing the access information with others from your hospital who wish to participate.

Not sure if you’ll be able to make the live session? Everyone who registers will receive a link to the recording at no additional charge.

There are many requirements that must be met when patients are provided their first opioid. This webinar will discuss the revised standards on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital Conditions of Participation (CoPs) on safe opioid use, IV medication, and blood transfusion. The following topics will also be addressed: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) opioid guidelines, Joint Commission final pain management guidelines, federal guidelines for opioid programs, the opioid epidemic, and required hospital policies and training.

This program will review the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) intravenous push guidelines for adults as well as the National Action Plan for the prevention of adverse drug reactions related to the opioid recommendations. The CMS final worksheet on QAPI will be covered regarding the tracking of medication administration errors and adverse drug reactions.

Staff education on a safe opioid use policy is a CMS requirement that includes an assessment of patients to determine who will be at risk for an adverse event from the use of IV opioids. Staff must be educated on the side effects and how to recognize them. CMS includes documentation requirements, minimum monitoring requirements, and information that must be explained to each patient.

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss CMS 32-page memo on medication administration and safe opioid use.
  • Describe that all medications must be administered within three different time frames.
  • Explain that CMS has required policies and education requirements on medication administration and safe opioid use.
  • Recite that CMS has requirements to ensure nurses are competent when giving IV medications or blood transfusions.
  • Recall that the CDC issued opioid prescribing guidelines.

Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer, Compliance Officer, Emergency Department Personnel, Joint Commission Coordinator, Medical Records, Quality Improvement personnel, Risk Manager, Legal Counsel.

Laura A. Dixon is the president of Healthcare Risk Education and Consulting. She previously served as the Director, Facility Patient Safety and Risk Management and Operations for COPIC from 2014 to 2020.  In her role, Ms. Dixon provided consultation and training to facilities, practitioners and staff in multiple states. 

Ms. Dixon has more than 20 years of clinical experience in acute care facilities, including critical care, coronary care, peri-operative services and pain management.  Prior to joining COPIC, she served as the Director, Western Region, Patient Safety and Risk Management for The Doctors Company, Napa, California.  In this capacity, she provided consultation to the physicians and staff for the western United States.  

As a registered nurse and attorney, Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Regis University, a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Drake University College of Law, and a Registered Nurse Diploma from Saint Luke’s School Professional Nursing.  She is licensed to practice law in Colorado and California.  

This speaker has no real or perceived conflicts of interest that relate to this presentation.

October 26; 5:00 p.m. MTN

Access instructions and materials will be emailed to the person completing the registration prior to the program date. If you do not receive the instructions at least 24-hours in advance, please contact IHA.


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$ 160.00


November 2
8:00 am - 9:30 am MDT
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