Integrating Public Health and Health Care Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic: The Oregon Health Authority’s Opioid Initiative

Source: Katrina Hedberg, et al. 

In 2015 the Oregon Health Authority launched it’s Opioid Initiative, an integrated effort to address patient care and safety and population health during the opioid crisis. The initiative included public and private stakeholders engaged in 4 projects described in this report: a Medicaid performance improvement project to decrease risky opioid prescribing, guidelines adopted by the state for opioid and non-opioid back pain treatments for Medicaid patients, statewide opioid prescribing guidelines, and a state-managed opioid data dashboard.

Funding Source:  Oregon Health Authority