September 17, 2019


12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


New York Health Foundation, 1385 Broadway, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10018


The opioid epidemic has reached crisis proportions in New York State and the country, with overdose deaths currently exceeding traffic deaths. Inadvertently, physicians themselves may be contributing to the problem by prescribing doses and durations that exceed the amount required to control pain. Receiving a prescription with long-acting opioids increases the likelihood of long-term dependency, as well as the risk of opioid-related overdose death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for most opioid patients, an initial prescription should not exceed a 3-day duration of the minimally-effective dose.

But how do we change physician prescribing behavior for opioids? Weill Cornell Medicine approached this problem by applying behavioral “nudging” in its electronic health records prescription interface. By making the default option compliant with CDC standards, Weill Cornell has seen a significant reduction in outgoing prescriptions that exceed the safe amount.

Please join us for a conversation with Jessica S. Ancker, M.P.H., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medicine, for a discussion on how her team developed this nudging system; the results of the NYHealth-funded pilot within Weill Cornell’s system of hospitals and federally qualified health centers; and plans to help other health systems replicate this approach.

Please R.S.V.P. by September 12th. Lunch will be provided.

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