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Project forms and QI resources

Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has provided all required project forms, as well as numerous tools and resources, on this webpage to support quality improvement and opioid stewardship efforts. Providers, liaisons and health systems leaders will benefit from these tools and resources to support their efforts.

Project Forms

All of the forms required to complete the 2022 quality improvement (QI) program are available on this webpage. Forms are organized based on the corresponding step in the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) Opioid Prescribing Improvement Model.

Step 1: Understand Improvement Opportunity

Step 2: Review standards of practice; identify challenges, barriers, stressors; then choose a change

Step 3: Plan the change

You must download the 2022 Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program: Quality improvement plan (DHS-8265) and save it to your computer. Click on the following form and you will be taken to the DHS searchable document library (eDocs). Download the form to your computer and save it with your name in the title.

Step 4: Do the change; study the outcomes; sustain the improvements

  • Quality improvement evaluation: Complete this form after you have completed your quality improvement project. Due to DHS by Nov. 1, 2022.  

The 2022 OPIP quality improvement project forms are adapted from the ICSI Opioid Prescribing Improvement Guide. The complete guide is available and includes additional quality improvement resources and strategies tested by Minnesota clinicians. 

Additional OPIP resources 

  • General feedback (PDF) on year one quality improvement efforts

    Common misconceptions and barriers limited success in year one of the quality improvement project. Prescribers and health system or clinic staff are encouraged to review this document.

  • Chronic Pain and Long-term Opioid Medication: Building a New Culture

    DHS provided support to ICSI to develop a detailed report exploring the complexity of managing chronic pain with long-term opioid therapy, from the patient and provider perspective. This report highlights themes and necessary elements for building a better and safer opioid prescribing culture for patients experiencing chronic pain.
  • Quality improvement program webinar series

    ICSI hosted a webinar series specific to the DHS quality improvement program in 2021. Information provided during the webinars remains relevant to the 2022 project and opioid quality improvement work in general. Review the following list of topics. Recordings of each session are free and available on ICSI’s Opioid Prescribing Quality Improvement Webinars webpage.

    • Introduction to the OPIP quality improvement program 
    • Leading your organization through change 
    • Barriers, strategies and assets for improving opioid prescribing 
    • Improving post-operative and post-acute prescribing 
    • Tested strategies for improved opioid prescribing 
    • Sustaining improvement, reporting to DHS

Resources and Partner Initiatives

  • The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) developed two road maps that provide clinics, hospitals and health systems with evidence-based recommendations and standards for the development of topic-specific prevention and quality improvement programs and are intended to align process improvements with outcome data. The road maps are available on the Minnesota Hospital Association’s Quality & Patient Safety webpage and are free to all, regardless of membership status with MHA.  
  • ICSI’s Opioid Initiatives webpage includes a number of resources designed to help individual prescribers and organizations build safer opioid prescribing habits.
  • Project ECHO is a guided-practice model that revolutionizes medical education and increases workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. DHS currently supports the following three Project ECHO models:
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers numerous opioid prescribing resources to support the health care community’s quality improvement efforts around opioid prescribing.
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