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A System-Wide Strategy on Opioid Prescriptions

Ever since new Massachusetts legislation on the opioid crisis passed in 2016, Partners HealthCare’s multidisciplinary Opioid Steering Committee has supported its implementation across the entire system. In addition to creating 28 system-wide opioid use best practices to guide quality improvement, the committee has established embedded tools within the Partners eCare system aimed at providing prescribing guidelines at the point of care. Important new innovations include e-prescribing of controlled substances and creating easy access to MassPAT, the state prescription drug monitoring program, from within the electronic health record. Newly developed patient and provider materials, as well as the creation of a chronic opioid registry, will also support Partners’ system-wide efforts to address substance use disorders across patient populations and care settings.