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Prescriber Education & Pain Management

Objective 2-1: By December 2018, increase primary care provider PMP registration rates by 25% by providing training to prescribers & increase prescriber PMP utilization rates by 10%.

The use of a PMP is nationally and universally recognized as a cornerstone activity for reducing over-prescribing of opioid pain medications, as well as for decreasing diversion and "script shopping." 

RELATED FOCUS AREAS: Treatment Access, Data Informed Decision Making, Prevention and Public Education, Pharmacy-based Interventions, Support Law Enforcement and First Responders
NEEDS ADDRESSED: Data, Prevention Activities, Training and Education, Reduce Stigma, Policy Coordination


DOH in coordination with NED are working together to identify that the DOH is providing funding support for training and statistical summaries from the PMP database through federal opioid grant funding.

Objective 2-2: By 2020, assure universal screening for substance misuse in hospital and primary care settings statewide.

Provide training for providers on implementation of universal SBIRT screening into provider practice workflows will increase prevalence and normalcy of low-level OUD and SUD screening in primary care settings.

RELATED FOCUS AREAS: Treatment Access, Data Informed Decision Making
NEEDS ADDRESSED: Data, Prevention Activities, Training and Education, Reduce Stigma, Improvement Treatment Capacity, Policy Coordination
LEAD AGENCY PARTNERS: DOH, DHS, Primary Medical Administrative Group (PMAG), Hawaii Primary Care Association (HPCA), East Hawaii-Independent Physicians Association (EHI-IPA)


Contracts with member organizations have been initiated.

Objective 2-3: By March 2018, engage payers and physician organizations to disseminate basic best practice information on opioid-prescribing Statewide; by December 2019, develop a standardized training on opioid-prescribing best practices and provide training to 50% of prescribers Statewide.

Standardized provider training on best practices in opioid prescribing and management will assure that patients Statewide have access to quality care and minimize inappropriate use of opioids. DOH will work with partners to develop and implement prescriber training based on CDC recommendations.

RELATED FOCUS AREAS: Prescriber Education, Treatment Access, Pharmacy-based Interventions
NEEDS ADDRESSED: Training and Education, Reduce Stigma,  Policy Coordination
LEAD AGENCY PARTNERS: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD)


Initial dissemination of information will follow informed consent posting (see 2-4). Coordination for training development will begin in January and will coincide with 2-2.