According to the Minnesota Hospital Association, the opioid epidemic is a high priority for hospitals and health systems throughout the state. Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems are partnering to address the opioid crisis in their communities.

Hospitals and health systems are:

•Implementing new prescriber protocols;

•Tracking reductions in opioid prescriptions;

•Reviewing patients on long-term opioids and developing alternative programs for pain management;

•Using medication-assisted therapy as a treatment;

•Working to integrate the state’s prescription monitoring program data with electronic health record systems.

MHA and members are involved with stakeholder groups and coalitions focused on the opioid epidemic, including statewide partnerships with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

MHA supports opioid stewardship legislation that would raise funds for opioid treatment through a surcharge on opioid prescriptions. This surcharge would provide a sustainable funding source for addiction treatment in Minnesota.

MHA members are leading the way in identifying targeted solutions through innovative local programs to tackle issues of opioid misuse and addiction treatment.

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