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Opioid Prescribing Work Group

The Opioid Prescribing Work Group (OPWG) is an advisory body of experts convened to forward DHS’ Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program (OPIP). The program plays a crucial role in Minnesota’s response to the crisis of prescription opioid misuse and abuse, namely addressing inappropriate prescribing behavior among Minnesota health care providers.

The Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program was created in 2015 at the direction of the governor and the Legislature, and the work group was recently extended through 2021. The work group is tasked with providing recommendations on the following program components:

  • Protocols that address all phases of the opioid prescribing cycle
  • Development of educational resources and messages for providers to use in communicating with patients about pain and the use of opioids to treat pain
  • Quality-improvement measures (DHS-7763) to assess variation and support improvement in clinical practice
  • Two thresholds directed at Minnesota Health Care Program-enrolled providers with persistently concerning prescribing practices, one threshold that will trigger quality improvement and the other termination from the Minnesota Health Care Program

Read a one-page overview of the program and prescribing guidelines. 

Appointing authority: Commissioner of Human Services.
Compensation: $200 honorarium plus reimbursement for mileage and parking.
(Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.0638)

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