• The National Quality Partners™ (NQP) Opioid Stewardship Action Team brought together experts and recognized leaders from the private and public sectors committed to addressing the nation’s escalating opioid epidemic.

    The NQP™ Leadership Consortium identified the nation’s growing opioid crisis as a priority area of focus in mid-2017. The number of opioid prescriptions written each year in the United States has quadrupled in less than two decades, without a resulting change in pain reported by patients. Nearly 2 million people suffer from prescription opioid disorder, and in 2016, more than 46 Americans died every day from a prescription opioid-related overdose. Opioid stewardship is also a key area of focus for NQF’s president and CEO, Shantanu Agrawal, MD, MPhil, who saw the effects of the opioid epidemic firsthand as an emergency department physician.

    NQF convened the NQP Opioid Stewardship Action Team in September 2017. Comprised of more than 40 organizations representing clinicians, patient partners, federal agencies, and other key stakeholders, the NQP Opioid Stewardship Action Team met in-person and by-web to identify strategies and tactics to help clinicians better manage patients' pain while reducing the risk of opioid addiction. To hear more from members of the NQP Opioid Stewardship Action Team, listen to the Strategies for Strengthening Opioid Stewardship: A Conversation with the NQP Opioid Stewardship Action Team webinar.

    NQF developed the NQP Playbook™: Opioid Stewardship in March 2018 with input from the NQP Opioid Stewardship Action Team. The NQP Playbook provides concrete strategies and implementation examples for healthcare organizations and clinicians committed to effective pain management and opioid stewardship. NQP modeled the NQP Playbook: Opioid Stewardship after other successful efforts to tackle national healthcare priorities, including the NQP™ Playbook: Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care, which has become an essential resource to help physicians, pharmacists, and healthcare organizations implement strategies to promote the appropriate and safe use of antibiotics. Download the NQP Playbook: Opioid Stewardship and the Opioid Stewardship Fact Sheet on the NQF Store.

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    Sign up for project alerts for news and announcements on the NQP's opioid stewardship initiatives to stay connected. If you are interested in pursuing a particular idea for work that builds upon the NQP Playbook: Opioid Stewardship or the work of the NQP Opioid Stewardship Action Team, please contact National Quality Partners.

    NQP expresses sincere appreciation to the following individuals and organizations for their commitment to addressing the national opioid epidemic to make care safer and more effective for everyone:

    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      Christina Mikosz, Co-Chair
    • Trinity Health
      Paul Conlon, Co-Chair
    • Aetna
      Traci Sellers-Pullen
    • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
      Richard Ricciardi
    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
      David Ring
    • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
      Andrew Friedman
    • American Nurses Association
      Mary Beth Bresch White
    • American Physical Therapy Association
      Alice Bell
    • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
      Deborah Pasko
    • Appriss Health
      James Huizenga
    • BlueCross BlueShield Association
      Kim Holland
    • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
      Marsha Smith
    • Council of Medical Specialty Societies
      Norman Kahn
    • Dental Quality Alliance
      Paul Moore
    • Elevating Home
      Danielle Pierotti
    • Geisinger Health System
      Perry Meadows
    • Harborview Medical Center
      Debra Gordon
    • Health Resources and Services Administration
      Judith Steinberg
    • HealthPartners
      Sue Knudson
    • Henry Ford Health System
      Cathy Frank

    • Heron Therapeutics
      Mike Mathews
    • Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
      Judith Paice
    • Hospital Corporation of America
      Michael Schlosser
    • IBM Watson Health
      Lisa Patton
    • Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Improvement
      Leon Evans
    • Institute for Healthcare Improvement
      Mara Laderman
    • Kaiser Permanente
      Carol Forster
    • Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
      Stephanie Clouser
    • Magellan Health, Inc.
      Caroline Carney
    • Mayo Clinic
      Elizabeth Habermann
    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
      Vinay Puttanniah
    • Partners Behavioral Health Management
      Barbara Hallisey
    • Patient & Family Centered Care
      Partners, Inc.

      Joan Maxwell
    • Pharmacy Quality Alliance
      Loren Kirk
    • Premier Healthcare Alliance
      Patricia (Trish) Iovino
    • Press Ganey Associates
      Thomas Lee
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health
      Services Administration

      Laura Jacobus-Kantor
    • U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention
      Donna Bohannon
    • Veterans Health Administration
      Erin Krebs
    • Vizient, Inc.
      Jim Lichauer


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