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Prescribing Guidelines – Provider Resources

Information on prescribing guidelines and Michigan resources on safer opioid prescribing geared toward providers.

Michigan Resources on Safer Opioid Prescribing 

Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS): Reversing the Opioid Epidemic

  • Link to the MSMS website to access overall information on guidelines, prescriber resources, patient information, medication disposal, MAPS, and treatment resources.

Please note: The MSMS Start Talking Consent Form is not the official Start Talking form of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Find the official MDHHS forms here. Scroll down to “Opioid Education” to download the form in English, Arabic, or Spanish

Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) On-Demand Webinars

  • Link to educational webinars on safer opioid prescribing with CME credit.

MSMS: Prescribing Checklist for Controlled Substances (updated June 2018)

  • Use this handout as a checklist before prescribing, while prescribing and after prescribing controlled substances.

Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium Guideline on Safer Opioid Prescribing (updated Nov. 2018)

  • Use this one-page guideline for patients aged ≥ 18 years with acute or chronic pain outside of palliative and end-of-life care.

Michigan OPEN: Opioid Prescribing Recommendations for Surgery

  • These procedure-specific prescribing recommendations, were developed by Michigan OPEN to curb the over-prescribing of post-operative opioids. These recommendations, for patients with no preoperative opioid use, were informed by patient-reported data from our Collaborative Quality Initiative (CQI) partners, published studies and expert opinion.

Michigan Open: 4 Evidence-Based Reasons to Change Opioid Prescribing Practices

  • This pamphlet presents 4 evidence-based reasons to change opioid prescribing habits after surgery.

Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project: Eight Prescribing Principles for Providers

  • Visit this website to access eight principals for providers in prescribing opioid therapies.

Michigan OPEN: Acute Care Opioid Prescribing Guide

  • This guide compiles resources to support evidence-based acute care opioid prescribing.

CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

  • Link to the CDC website to access the guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain to provide recommendations for the prescribing of opioid pain medication for patients > 18 years of age in primary care settings.

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (one-page handout)

  • Use this handout as a reference when determining when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain, opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up and discontinuation.

Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission (PDOAC): Acute Care Opioid Treatment & Prescribing Recommendations (developed in collaboration with Michigan OPEN and the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center)

Acute Care Opioid Treatment and Prescribing Recommendations: Dental

  • These recommendations will assist dentists in treating patients throughout each phase of treatment: pre-procedure, prescribing, and post-procedure (for patients discharged with an opioid prescription).
  • Scroll down to “Acute Pain Recommendations” to download the pdf.

Acute Care Opioid Treatment and Prescribing Recommendations: Emergency Department

  • The recommendations will assist ED physicians in treating and prescribing patients:
    • Presenting with acute exacerbation of chronic non-cancer pain
    • In methadone maintenance programs
    • Presenting with acute painful conditions
    • Discharged from the ED with an opioid prescription for acute pain
  • Scroll down to “Acute Pain Recommendations” to download the pdf.

Acute Care Opioid Treatment and Prescribing Recommendations: Surgical

  • These recommendations will assist surgeons with:
    • Preoperative counseling (for patients not using opioids before surgery)
    • Intraoperative and postoperative care
    • Post-discharge treatment (for patients discharged with an opioid prescription)
  • Scroll down to “Acute Pain Recommendations” to download the pdf.

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