The Department of Veterans Affairs is accelerating the deployment of a state-of-the-art tool to help protect veteran patients using high doses of opioids or with medical risk factors that put them at an increased risk of complications from opioid medications. The tool, referred to as the Opioid Therapy Risk Report, is being made available now to all staff in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). VHA is actively deploying training aids to providers and facilities now and over the next several weeks to familiarize them with how to utilize this tool in their daily practice. A summary of the Clinical Review Findings of the team is available at www.va.gov/opa/docs/MEMO_Summary_of_Phase_One_Clinical_Review_Findings_Tomah_WI.pdf.
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