CommonSpirit Health is taking a comprehensive look at the way we care for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). The Opioids Initiative will help our providers align clinical practice with evidence-based practice, assure equitable access to medications for addiction treatment (MAT), and provide support to providers caring for patients with OUD through the development of an addiction network learning community.

The ePH Opioids Initiative includes the following efforts:

Aligning with Evidence-based Practice: Providers will be provided with dashboard data on their opioid prescribing patterns, compared to national standards and professional peers. Opportunities for practice improvement will be identified through a peer-review process. Best-practice standards and evidence-based medicine will be provided through a variety of learning opportunities.

Assuring Access to MAT: MAT, such as buprenorphine, is a critical, life-saving medication for patients with OUD. Providers need to be trained in MAT care and be licensed to prescribe (through the x-waiver process). Patient-centered care for OUD can begin in a variety of clinical settings, from the emergency room and the inpatient general surgery wards to ambulatory specialty clinics and obstetrical care. Providers will be able to initiate evidence-based treatment for OUD, and help navigate their patients, with support from designated substance use disorder navigators, along a path to recovery. And it is critical to assure that access to such care is equitable across the CommonSpirit Health enterprise, from city neighborhoods to rural communities. Telehealth technologies will be leveraged to assure around-the-clock access to MAT and patient navigation for all of those in need.

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Supporting Providers: Providers need access to high-quality resources and expert-directed support to be successful at caring for patients with OUD. Such support will help encourage providers to take on this critical clinical responsibility caring for some of our most vulnerable patients. An online addiction network learning community will provide clinicians with the latest, evidence-based resources and opportunities to learn from expert addiction clinicians through case discussions. The network will also provide resources and support to ancillary staff, to assure a team-based approach to addiction care.

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