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Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program

Flip the Script

Flip the script

What happens when you flip the script?

Watch a short video about how one Greater Minnesota doctor reframed the conversation about pain management and opioids with his patients, improving his patient relationships and how he thinks about his work.

Earn continuing education credits

Earn continuing education credits by listening to a podcast on Minnesota's opioid prescribing guidelines which provide a framework for safe and judicious opioid prescribing for pain management. 

Get your report electronically

Health care providers who serve Minnesotans on public health care programs will receive individual opioid prescribing reports. Sign up to receive the annual opioid prescriber reports electronically.

Changing the conversation to improve health

When you prescribe opioids to a patient, consider that you might also be changing the script for the rest of their lives. The conversation you have with your patient about pain management and opioid use can represent a dramatic turning point.

There are ways to reframe the conversation about pain management and opioids with your patients, avoid pitfalls, catch trouble signs and keep your patients on the right path. Flip the Script provides the tools, education and resources you need to give your patients the chance to write a far more positive life story for themselves, while helping you get back to the work you do best — helping your patients get and stay healthy.

Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program

Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature established the Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program in 2015 to reduce opioid dependency and misuse in Minnesota related to opioid prescriptions. The Opioid Prescribing Work Group will convene through 2019 to advance the program, which includes:

  • Statewide opioid prescribing guidelines for three pain phases:
    • Acute pain: One to four days after a severe injury or medical condition and up to seven days after a major surgical procedure or trauma.
    • Post-acute pain: Between four and 45 days after a severe injury, severe medical condition, or major surgical procedure or trauma.
    • Chronic pain: Pain lasting longer than 45 days after an acute event or beyond the normal expected time of tissue healing.
  • Annual reports to prescribers who serve Minnesotans on public health care programs using a set of sentinel opioid prescribing measures
  • A quality improvement program for prescribers who serve Minnesotans on public health care programs and whose prescribing behavior is outside of community standards 
  • Education resources for providers about prescribing opioids for pain management.

The Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program excludes patients diagnosed with cancer or who receive hospice or palliative care services.

Goals and expectations

The goal of the Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program is to work collaboratively with the Minnesota medical community to:

  • Reduce inappropriate or excessive opioid prescribing for acute and post-acute pain
  • Reduce inappropriate variation in opioid prescribing for acute and post-acute pain
  • Manage patients who remain on chronic opioid analgesic therapy carefully through multimodal treatment approaches, improved monitoring of safety and harm reduction strategies.
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