The Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (Michigan OPEN) launched in October 2016 with support from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) Value Partnerships, and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan. Michigan OPEN was founded in an effort to develop a preventive approach to the opioid epidemic in the state of Michigan by tailoring postoperative and acute care opioid prescribing.
We know that one of the most common reasons for opioid prescribing is surgical care and recovery and yet there are no guidelines to direct postoperative opioid prescribing. The lack of evidence-based guidelines for postoperative and acute care opioid prescribing has contributed to a surplus of opioid pills within patients’ homes and communities, increasing the potential for diversion and nonmedical use.
We saw an opportunity to partner with Michigan’s robust network of collaborative quality initiatives (CQIs) to gather data and implement change on a statewide scale to transform surgical pain management and curb opioid misuse. The CQIs are physician-led networks funded by BCBSM that are devoted to improving the care of patients in Michigan, and represent all major hospitals and surgical specialties. For more information on our CQI partners, please check out our Partners page.