How the Opioid Crisis Can and May Impact Hospice

How the Opioid Crisis Can and May Impact Hospice 

The Opioid Crisis is not one crisis, but rather multiple challenges in today’s social, healthcare, and business environments. Proper use of opioids continues to be of significant concern to the government, payors, prescribers, and patients. The goal of this course is to provide nurses with knowledge of factors affecting access to opioids and to identify areas of risk for hospice providers.


Hours: 1.50


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Course Details

Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Illustrate the intersection effect of the opioid crisis, Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), and Covid-19.
Recall the impact of CDC, FDA, and DEA activities on opioid prescribing and access.
Identify one area of potential risk for hospice associated with opioid utilization by its patients and describe one best practice for opioid accountability.
Describe the limitations of Hospice-PBM medication control systems as they pertain to opioid ordering and accountability.
List at least two potential alternative therapies for pain management.


The Opioid Crisis

Non-Fatal Suspected Overdose Trends

How We Got Here

Navigating Perceptions of Opioids Use

OUD Opioid Use Disorder

Commonly Used Terms in Opioid and OUD


Covid-19 and the Opioid Crisis

Potential Body System Effects of Covid-19

The Regulatory Triad: CDC, DEA, FDA

Navigating Medication Access Issues


PBM’s and You

Identifying and Managing Opioid Utilization Risk

Emerging Analgesic Therapies

Medical Cannabis

Old Drugs

The WHO Pain Platform




Instructor: Gregory Dyke, BS Pharmacy, Registered Pharmacist

Greg Dyke received his BS in Pharmacy from the University of Illinois and is a registered pharmacist. He has over thirty years of end-of-life care clinical pharmacy, pharmacy management, hospice management and consulting experience. In his varied professional roles, he has started and run two hospice dedicated pharmacies, served as a Clinical and Consultant Pharmacist to numerous hospices, served as Vice-President of Pharmacy and New Business Development for a large Chicago area hospice and, for almost ten years, was the President of Clinical Consulting for a national Hospice Pharmacy and Hospice Pharmacy Benefit Manager. His experience also includes hospice formulary management, clinical pharmacy services design, appointment as an adjunct assistant professor for three Colleges of Pharmacy. He served for years as the pharmacy advisor to NHPCO’s Regulatory Affairs and Relatedness Committees. He has written or contributed to numerous EOL pharmacy publications and has delivered many presentations to local, regional, and national audiences. Greg is currently the pharmacist member of the Quality and Performance Improvement team for a Harbor Light Hospice as well as a hospice pharmacy consultant for Weatherbee Resources and individual hospice programs.

Disclosure: Gregory Dyke, BS Pharmacy, Registered Pharmacist has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: Hospice.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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