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Tools and resources

Providers, liaisons and leaders of health systems will benefit from numerous tools and resources to support their efforts.

Quality improvement program webinar series

The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) hosted a webinar series specific to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) quality improvement program. 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 postoperative and postacute prescribing 
  • Tested strategies for improved opioid prescribing 
  • Sustaining improvement, reporting to DHS 

Resources

  • 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.

Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program (OPIP) partners

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI)

ICSI created two important resources to support opioid-related quality improvement efforts in 2020 with DHS support: the Opioid Prescribing Improvement Guide and the Postoperative Prescribing Toolkit. Both resources are located on ICSI’s Opioid Initiatives webpage. The postoperative prescribing toolkit is part of the MN Health Collaborative’s effort to reduce the amount of opioids prescribed at postoperative discharge. Additional opioid related resources and guidelines are available on the Opioid Initiatives ICSI webpage.

Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA)

MHA has partnered with DHS since the beginning of the project, providing support, guidance and expertise. MHA’s Opioid Prescribing and Opioid Stewardship Road Maps provide clinics, hospitals and health systems with evidence-based recommendations and standards for the development of topic-specific prevention and quality improvement programs. The road maps are intended to align process improvements with outcome data.

Minnesota Medical Association (MMA)

DHS has closely worked with MMA throughout the OPIP project. Currently, MMA offers an online, self-assessment activity that includes content on best practices in prescribing opioids and controlled substances, as well as non-pharmacological and implantable device alternatives for treatment of pain and ongoing pain management. This course satisfies the requirement that individuals with licenses with the authority to prescribe controlled substances to obtain at least two hours of continuing medical education on best practices in prescribing opioids and controlled substances. OPIP participants are exempt from this requirement.

Chronic Pain Quality Improvement Advisory Group

In the summer of 2021, DHS gathered groups of stakeholders with lived experience and expertise treating chronic pain. The facilitated process used a human-centered approach that allowed both providers and patients the opportunity to speak openly about the fears and challenges they have about chronic opioid analgesic therapy. DHS will publicize the outcome of this project after it is complete.

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