The MHA Keystone Center, as part of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, launched a multistate initiative in September 2018 to reduce the administration of opioid medications by emergency department clinicians. The Midwest Alternative to Opioids (ALTO) program will expand on the success of the ALTO program that was initially launched by the Colorado Hospital Association and reduced opioid use in 10 Colorado hospitals by 36 percent over six months. To date, 25 hospitals are involved across Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.
This initiative builds on previous MHA Keystone Center work, including the MHA Keystone: Pain Management collaborative that launched in 2015 to address the growing concerns surrounding opioid overuse in the hospital setting, develop opioid prescribing guidelines and distribute resources for patients. The initiative aimed to improve pain management, decrease opioid use, and educate patients about safe pain management. It received national recognition for its progress toward those goals which resulted in improved patient care and reduced healthcare costs.
Other efforts from the MHA Keystone Center include:
- Developing patient educational materials around opioids in partnership with its Patient Family Advisory Committee and clinical experts
- Working with partner organizations under the MHA Keystone Hospital Engagement Network and the Great Lakes Partnership for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network to decrease the use of opioids and instances in opioid-related adverse events in hospitals in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.
- Participating in national opioid task forces by several MHA and MHA Keystone Center staff members.
To learn more about the MHA Keystone Center’s work to combat the opioid epidemic, contact the MHA Keystone Center.