The Minnesota Department of Human Services will soon release its opioid prescribing report cards. Prescribers falling outside of established thresholds will be asked to submit an improvement plan. MHA supports hospitals and health systems in establishing opioid stewardship programs and implementing evidence-based treatment plans to reduce the use of prescription opioids and improve patient outcomes.

In collaboration with DHS, MHA is developing an opioid stewardship road map which, when published, will give organizations the structure they need to support clinicians in treating pain and appropriate opioid prescribing. The opioid stewardship road map is in the pilot phase.

 To kick off this work, MHA welcomes Marty Makary, M.D., surgeon and professor of public health, Johns Hopkins. Dr. Makary’s presentation will include information supporting the importance of opioid stewardship and best practices in opioid prescribing. Dr. Makary has been a popular speaker at MHA events in the past and is a leader in health care’s appropriateness of care movement. He serves as director of the Center for Opioid Research and Education and led the postsurgical prescribing guidelines project, which established a national standard for surgical opioid prescribing. Makary has also worked closely with leaders on creating quality measures for opioid prescribing in narcotic-naive patients.


  • Define key components of an opioid stewardship program
  • Demonstrate proactive strategies to reduce opioid prescribing
  • Explain how to measure and identify patients who may be above prescribing thresholds
  • Discuss effective ways to assist and coach patients

Who should attend

Opioid stewardship pilot project participants and health care professionals who are interested in learning about ways to improve their organization’s opioid stewardship program, including pharmacists, mental health and addiction providers, physicians and nurses.  

Continuing education

As an ABMS Portfolio Program Sponsor, MHA can help attending physicians and physician assistants receive continuing certification (MOC) credit from their respective specialty board for work related to opioid stewardship, including participation in this webinar.

 The program has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for a total of 1 contact hour.


  • $25 per person for MHA member hospitals and health systems
  • $35 per person for associate members
  • $75 per person for nonmembers
  • Contact info@mnhospitals.org to inquire about a 20% discount for groups of five or more

Registration deadline

Please register by 5 p.m. on April 21 to ensure timely delivery of access instructions.

Approximately four business days before the web conference, you will receive an email that contains instructions on how to connect. Advance registration is required to ensure delivery of instructional materials.

If you do not receive an email from Christy Hammer prior to the program with web conference details, please contact info@mnhospitals.org to confirm your registration.

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When and Where
  • 4/22/2021 11:00 AM CDT
  • 4/22/2021 12:00 PM CDT
  • Web Conference