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2018 Webinar - Addressing the Opioid Epidemic


Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

The AHCAP Education Committee presents a very important topic for us all. We urge you to share this webinar with other staff at your facility, invite physicians, staff and your administrator to join you in attending. The session will be one hour, but the webinar line will stay open for extra time to answer questions.

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Eastern


Dr. Joseph Bianco, Essentia Health

About the Session: Opioid overdoses cause more deaths in the United States than motor vehicle accidents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and rely on these prescription painkillers for relief. Opioids are highly addictive, and their use and abuse has become a public health threat.

Essentia Health believes the widespread use of opioids has a negative impact on the patients and communities we serve. That’s why Essentia Health focused an initiative around the opioid crisis. Calling for evidence-based and socially responsible use of opioids in the treatment of non-cancer acute and chronic pain.

Thanks to the work of Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic Physicians and a system-wide multi-disciplinary steering committee, Essentia Health has positioned itself as a community leader in reducing the use of opioids. Dr. Joe Bianco will share this journey as Essentia Health is continuing to stay the course in achieving health and vitality in our community to overcome this epidemic.

About the Presenter: Dr. Joseph Bianco is a board-certified family practice physician with Essentia Health, an integrated health system that serves northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Western North Dakota. Dr. Bianco also serves as the Director of Primary Care for Essentia Health. In these various leadership roles, Dr. Bianco is working on initiatives for the development of a sustainable and patient-centered primary care delivery model with an emphasis on chronic disease management, patient engagement, health care equity, and issues related to healthcare in the rural communities. He has a strong interest in the management of pain. Over the past four years, he has worked on the Essentia Opioid steering committee accountable for establishing opioid prescribing guidelines. He also helped to author the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement guidelines for pain management published last year. Additionally, he has a long-standing interest in the education of medical students and the role of the primary care physician as mentor to future family physicians and to the Duluth Family Practice Residency Program.

Dr. Bianco was raised in northeast Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota, School of Medicine and completed a family practice residency in Duluth, MN. Dr. Bianco maintains a busy family practice in the small rural town of Ely, Minnesota.

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