As an RWJF Safety Net Value Champions Fellow, I am being supported to engage providers in reducing overuse in healthcare. I’m focusing on reducing overuse of opioids for chronic pain by implementing safer prescribing interventions. Many communities, Buffalo included, are experiencing the effects of the opioid epidemic, fostered in part by overprescribing of these medications for pain. Safer prescribing practices, such as asking patients to sign an acknowledgement of the risks, and providing alternative high-value care options have the potential to address the crisis. I’ll be working directly with clinicians and at the health system level. We will be tracking opioid prescribing data through our EMR system and individual chart review, looking for tapering and discontinuation of use.
Dr. Roberto Diaz Del Carpio is an academic primary care physician specializing in both internal medicine and preventive medicine. He received his MD degree from the Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria in Arequipa, Peru, and graduated from the combined Internal Medicine-Preventive Medicine residency program (Primary Care Pathway) at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, New York. During his residency, he completed his MPH in public health in health services administration and was involved in health services and outcomes research. Dr. Diaz Del Carpio’s commitment to patient care and population health sparked his interest in system performance, quality improvement and patient safety. After his residency, he pursued further training in the science of improvement at the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in Toronto, Canada. He is an active clinician and educator who spends his days in a busy academic primary care center seeing patients and training medical students and residents. He has led the transformation of safety net primary care practices into patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), and is leading quality improvement efforts in the Department of Medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.