About Us

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 (IHPI) 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.


“Improving clinical practice in the acute care setting, which we know can be a gateway to opioid use and abuse, is part of the solution.”

–Dr. Chad Brummett

“We partnered 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.”

–Dr. Mike Englesbe

“The lack of evidence-based guidelines has contributed to a surplus of opioid pills within homes and communities, increasing the potential for diversion and nonmedical use.”

–Dr. Jenn Waljee