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Opioid Prescribing Work Group

The Opioid Prescribing Work Group (OPWG) sunset on Dec. 31, 2021, after six years of service. The OPWG was an advisory body of experts convened to forward DHS’ Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program (OPIP). The work group was tasked, per Minnesota Statutes 256B.0638, with providing recommendations on the following program components:

  • Prescribing protocols that address all phases of the opioid prescribing cycle
  • Educational tools for providers to use in communicating with patients about pain and the use of opioids to treat pain
  • Sentinel prescribing measures to assess variation and support improvement in clinical practice
  • A set of quality thresholds directed at MHCP-enrolled providers that indicate the need for quality improvement work; and
  • Sanction standards for MHCP-enrolled providers who persistently demonstrate dangerous prescribing practices

Questions about the Opioid Prescribing Work Group can be directed to

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